Household Food Waste [Infographic]

an infographic on responsible homeownership

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Food waste is a global epidemic that starts in your home! Here’s a look at the shocking damage that comes from food waste, how it affects your household income, and ways that you can help be part of the solution.

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A Global Problem…

  • As much as 40% of food produced is never eaten
  • Food waste has increased about 50% in the last 40 years
  • 1 billion people are malnourished** even though enough food is produced to feed twice the world’s population
  • Americans waste enough food to fill 730 football stadiums per year
  • 25% of fresh water consumed goes to food that is ultimately thrown out
  • Food waste in landfills emits methane, a toxic chemical more powerful than CO2, and contributes to global warming

…Starts in the Home

In a year, the average American household of 4 wastes…

  • $1,350 – $2,225 on uneaten food, OR
  • 960 lbs. of uneaten food

Be the Solution

  • Don’t throw out produce for aesthetic blemishes
  • Buy food in realistic quanities
  • Package leftovers to consume the next day
  • Understand “Expiration” Dates
    • The dates on food signify peak quality for the product. The item is still safe to eat well past the marked date.
    • These dates are not required by the USDA.* They are made up by the manufacturer. Now, think about that. The manufacturer will want you to buy their product more frequently, right? So naturally, they set these dates early to encourage you to go out and buy more.
    • THESE DATES MEAN VIRTUALLY NOTHING!

**49.1 million in the United States!

*except baby food

Sources

National Resources Defense Council

World Food Day USA

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Door to Door Organics

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