Question of the Day: What percent of the U.S. food supply is wasted?
PBS video (5 minutes): Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio on America’s staggering waste of food
- Is food waste an issue in your family?
- How does “Sell by date” lead to unnecessary food waste? What steps are being taken to fix this situation?
- What are some ideas that you can use to reduce the amount of food that you/your family waste?
Behind the numbers (USDA):
In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society:
Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills.
Land, water, labor, energy and other inputs are used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food.