Thursday, February 27, 2014

USDA estimates that 31% of the food supply is lost and uneaten

A new report from USDA's Economic Research Service finds:
In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices. For the first time, ERS estimated the calories associated with food loss: 141 trillion in 2010, or 1,249 calories per capita per day.

1 comment:

Carla said...

It would be very helpful to know what we as individuals can do to address this waste. Next, what we can do in our neighborhoods, then in our local communities. My point is, our food supply system is top-down, but I suspect the solution to reducing food waste will have to be bottom-up.