Stat!: Waste Not, Want Not
Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008
The amount of food Americans throw away each year: 27%; or about 1 pound per day, per person
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According to Andrew Martin, writing in the New York Times,
In 1997, in one of the few studies of food waste, the Department of Agriculture estimated that two years before, 96.4 billion pounds of the 356 billion pounds of edible food in the United States was never eaten. Fresh produce, milk, grain products and sweeteners made up two-thirds of the waste.
A more recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that Americans generate roughly 30 million tons of food waste each year, which is about 12 percent of the total waste stream. All but about 2 percent of that food waste ends up in landfills; by comparison, 62 percent of yard waste is composted.
Something to think about next time you’re shopping for groceries…