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Five Friday Facts: Food Waste

Posted on the 18 November 2011 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev

Five Friday Facts: Food WasteThe other day a copy of the Heifer International holiday catalog arrived. On the fourth page there were a collection of facts about food waste. Here are five of them:

  • In the United States, an estimated 40 percent of food gets thrown away.
  • The United States’ per capita food waste has increased 50 percent since 1974.
  • All together, industrialized countries toss 222 million tons of food each year. That’s enough to feed 925 million people.
  • Food waste makes up more than 14 percent of the municipal solid waste stream.
  • Worldwide, roughly a third of all food produced is never eaten.

Heifer International claims the EPA and the World Food Programme as their sources.

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