These food waste facts will shock you

Oct. 5, 2017

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Americans are virtually throwing away money: More than $218 billion worth of food is discarded annually in the U.S.

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One in seven Americans is food insecure, which means more than 46 million citizens are going hungry — a statistic that makes all of this food loss even more staggering.

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If America reduced food waste by just 15%, the amount saved would be enough to feed 25 million people.

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About 96% of food thrown away in America ends up in landfills, meaning 21% of the waste in landfills is food.

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Food loss wastes water, too. A whopping 21% of all fresh water goes toward producing food that will be discarded.

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Improvement won’t come overnight, but we’re making slow progress.

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