Food waste is a huge problem.
According to some estimates, as much as 40 per cent of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten. That’s $165-billion of wasted food.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that 35 million tonnes of food was thrown out in 2012 alone, 20 per cent more than the food tossed out in 2000. In fact, more food now ends up in landfills than plastic, glass, paper and metal, and comprises more than a fifth of America’s garbage.
Considering food waste accounted for less than 10 per cent of total waste in 1980, the numbers are unnerving.
According to the Washington Post, “The most obvious problem with this waste is that while Americans are throwing out their food, an estimated one in every nine people in the world still suffers from chronic hunger — that is, insufficient food — including more than 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million in Asia. Even in the United States, where that number is significantly lower, some 14 per cent ofRead More »from How to reduce your household's food waste