The FOOD WASTE REALITY
A third of the world’s food goes to waste every year. In America alone, more than $150 billion worth of food is thrown away annually. This means that each person wastes more than his or her own weight in food every year. Reducing food waste in the United States by 20-50% would save approximately $50 billion per year. Not only is food waste bad for the economy, but it also accelerates climate change. Food waste produces approximately 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide.
Food waste happens everywhere from the grocery store to all of our homes. Food is being produced and automatically rejected for having physical flaws such as small blemishes or being odd in shape. Inside people’s homes, food always goes to waste from people buying more than they need. Food is being left on the shelf past the expiration date and then thrown away.
When put into perspective, it is hard to understand why 40% of the food produced in America gets thrown away when there is still such a large community of hungry people. Worldwide, over 800 million people suffer from malnutrition. We are living in a world where food is being thrown away for having aesthetic imperfections, while people everywhere are dying from a lack of food. Just a fourth of all food wasted could feed 800 million undernourished people and yet the importance of being mindful towards food is widely overlooked.