GITNUX MARKETDATA REPORT 2024

Food Waste In America Statistics [Fresh Research]

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"In the United States, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted each year."

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"Food waste is estimated to be between 30-40 percent of the food supply across America."

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"The equivalent of $165 billion per year is wasted by Americans on discarded food."

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"It equates to approximately 219 pounds of waste per person and more than 35 percent of the food available went uneaten."

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"The amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world’s annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tons in 2009/2010)."

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"America tosses out enough food each year to fill a 90,000-seat football stadium every day."

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"Over 66.5 million tons of wasted food is sent to landfill every year in the United States."

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"America’s restaurants are responsible for approximately 11.4 million tons of wasted food each year."

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"In 2018, 22% of landfill volume was food waste."

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"Around 43 billion pounds of food from grocery stores are wasted every year."

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"A single restaurant in the U.S. can produce approximately 25,000 to 75,000 pounds of food waste in a year."

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"American households throw away $1,600–$2,000 worth of produce annually."

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"If global food waste were a country, it would have the third highest carbon footprint after U.S. and China."

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"Approximately 1.3 billion tons of food produced for human consumption worldwide is wasted each year."

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"Wasting food also wastes approximately 21% of all freshwater used in the U.S."

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"The estimated value of food wasted by the US retail food industry is approximately $18 billion annually."

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"Fruits and vegetables are the most wasted food, with global losses of about 45%."

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"In the United States, 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions are associated with getting food from the farm to your fork—then to the landfill."

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"Annually, wasted food in the U.S. economy represents around $218 billion (or 1.3% of GDP) that is thrown away."

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