How Much Food is Wasted Each Year?

alex atkins bookshelf triviaAmerica is the land of plenty, particularly when it comes to food. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends $7,023 per year on food. That can be broken down into groceries ($4,015) and dining out ($3,008). Now let’s do the math. Since there are about 125.82 million households in the U.S., the total amount that the Americans spend on food is a staggering $883.6 billion per year. That’s a lot of food. In fact, it is so much food that 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is not eaten. An average of $162 billion worth of food is wasted each year — that’s right: a billion with a “B.”

Food waste is a huge problem in America. Consider these sobering statistics presented by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI): broken down by household, the average American family throws out about 25% of the beverages and food that they buy each year. A family of four, for example, wastes about $1,350 to $2,275 worth of food each year — which means that all the labor, water, and fuel that went into growing and shipping that food is also wasted: a loss of over $162 billion per year. To combat food waste, the AFFI is encouraging consumers to buying frozen food and frozen prepared meals, as well as freezing leftovers, meals, and ingredients.

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For further reading: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/31/how-much-americans-are-spending-on-housing-and-food-per-year.html
http://www.businessinsider.com/americans-spending-food-bls-2017-2
http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/
https://www.statista.com/statistics/183635/number-of-households-in-the-us/
http://www.frozenfoodfacts.org/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/frozen-a-food-waste-solution_us_579240ffe4b0a86259d1290b


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