Shocking Facts of Food wasted in America
Food wastage is the global problem and its main cause is the unique lifestyle and lack of meal planning. Do you know that food wasted in America is more than the grain products, milk, and seafood?
Australia and the United state are at the top of the list that waste food. Research shows that food waste per person in the united state is more than 278Kg per year while in Australia every person wastes 361 kg of food per year. These figures make them the deadliest food waste countries.
The research shows that the healthiest person in America wastes more food because of their high consumption of vegetables and fruits, which are frequently thrown out.
Approximately 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in America each day which the one-third of the daily calories consumed by people every day.
Why we need to reduce waste food:
A report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shows the statistics of how much the food waste problem in America.
- Around $165 billion of food each year wasted in America.
- Estimated 40% of food is wasted in the United States every year.
- 35 million ton of food is wasted in the United State every year.
- The average household throws away $2,200 of food in America every year.
- The average food thrown by American is 300lbs every year.
- More than 20% of food that the average American buys is never eaten.
- 25 million American can be fed by reducing the 15% of food wasted by American every year.
Effects of Wasting Food:
Effects of food wasting are more devastating than you think. The survey of NRDC tells us that the food in our plates consumes 10 % of the energy of total U.S. energy budget and use more than 50% of the land, and consume 80% of the fresh water in the United States.
When 135 million tons of food is wasted only in America than its mean that 25% of fresh water, land and a huge amount of energy is wasted every year.
Reduce wasting Food:
Food wasted in America is 10 times the food wasted in southeast Asia. A big cause is that people are not educated about the large food making process. They actually dont understand the far-reaching effects of food waste. They also dont understand the label on food and waste the food too quickly. Another cause is lack of meal planning and shopping list.
We try to buy everything that we see in the supermarket we should buy only that food which we need, unnecessary food will be thrown away.
Individuals and households can contribute to saving the food from waste but the entire food supply chain from farm to folk is filled with opportunities to reduce the food waste. With the help of organizations, we can overcome the food wastage not only in America but also globally.