10 Facts About Food Waste

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  1. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Source
  2. Fruits and vegetables, plus roots and tubers have the highest wastage rates of any food. Source
  3. At retail level, large quantities of food are wasted due to quality standards that over-emphasize appearance. Source
  4. Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world. SourcE
  5. 160 billion of food is wasted in the US every year. Source
  6. Eliminating avoidable food waste in the U.S. would save 55 million metric tonnes of food per year... the equivalent of 440,000,000,000 Taco Bell Crunchy Taco Supremes. Source
  7. Six billion pounds of fresh produce are left to rot in fields every year. Source
  8. 4% of all oil we consume goes to produce food we never eat. Source
  9. The average American household throws away about 25% of the food they purchase. Source
  10. 25% of all freshwater we consume goes to produce food we never eat. Source