According to a recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten, which amounts to $165 billion a year in waste.
The group also noted that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills and is the largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste, where it accounts for almost 25 percent of U.S. methane emissions.
We could also feed a lot of hungry mouths if we made our food-waste system more efficient:
“Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.”
Sounds like depressing news, but according to the report authors, food losses can be reduced by setting national goals for waste, streamlining business operations, and educating consumers on buying and cooking food.