Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Food Waste – An Update



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Previously I have posted about Food Waste in America.  Approximately 40% of all food grown, processed and transported per year, worth an estimated $165 billion is wasted (source: National Defense Council – 2012).  Alert!  A new food waste stat.    
                                         
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Statistics, like those I shared above, lend credibility to illustrate a correlation for an existing reality.  However, sometimes it is best to simplify the statistic to make it more relevant.  Here is another way to demonstrate Food Waste in America:

The median American household earns just less than $1,000 per week.  The typical American family throws away $1,600 worth of food per year.

How much food has your household wasted this year?


2 comments:

  1. You are right on Jimmy. If anyone is interested in further information on food waste, I'd like to direct you to a recent paper that I co-authored on a related subject; Date labeling of food. It can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1541-4337.12086/abstract . William Fisher, IFT

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  2. I'm always amazed the nightly news regularly reports our outrage when oil prices go up a few cents. Yet food waste has nearly the same impact on the average household budget — let alone the environmental impact.

    Maybe somebody needs to come up with a Food Waste Index chart that can follow each time gas prices are reported.

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