5 Most Commons Reasons for Wasted Produce:
- Consumers purchase too much produce at one time.
- Consumers buy produce out of impulse rather than need.
- Consumers have poor meal planning practices.
- Consumers aren't provided information regarding how long produce has already been on the shelf.
- Consumers purchase already ripened fruits and vegetables.
World Food Facts:
25% to 33% of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.
44% of food lost to waste is in developed countries around the world.
Each time food is wasted all the resources that went into producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food is wasted too.
About 2/3 of household waste is due to food spoilage from not being used in time.
Most uneaten food decays in landfills where it accounts for almost 25% of U.S. methane emissions. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that is 21 times more harmful to the environment than CO2.
Americans throw away an estimated 25% of the food they purchase and bring home. That's more than 20lbs of food per person every month. That's enough to fill the Rose Bowl, which seats 90,000 people, every day.
An American family of 4 ends up throwing away on average $1,600 worth of food annually.
40% of all food in the United States is never eaten, while 50 million Americans do not have consistent access to food.
On average this means Americans are throwing away $165 billion dollars each year, additionally it's costing $750 million to dispose of the thrown away food.