Every year the U.S. wastes some 141 trillion calories of food, the equivalent of 1,249 calories wasted per person per day or about 133 billion pounds.
Before you scrape the leftovers on your plate into the garbage, take heed: every single year the U.S. wastes some 141 trillion calories of food, the equivalent of 1,249 calories wasted per person per day. In this world, where 7.1 billion people are suffering from under-nourishment, we should really think twice before biting off more than we can chew.
The latest figures on food wasting come from the USDA, who says in 2010 Americans wasted some 133 billion pounds of food. In a 430 billion pound food supply, that’s about one-third of the whole wasted. Economically, it’s $161.6 billion in food wastage.
This wasted food isn’t only the stuff being scraped from your plate when you finish a meal, but the food at the back of your fridge that’s been allowed to go bad, food discarded by restaurants and retailers because of a blemish or expiration date, and the food you pack in your child’s lunch that never makes it into their mouth.