21 Crazy Facts About Food Waste In America

The world learned some devastating truths about itself this past week. Not only did we learn that 9 out of 10 of us throw away food long before it’s spoiled, we also found out that all that rotting food is the third largest contributor to climate change.

Essentially, food waste is killing us and the planet.

Unlike other countries, where millions of people (mostly children) go to bed hungry every night, Americans have access to so much food that we’d rather throw it away rather than figure out how to cook with it or preserve it. We’re so surrounded by food that we’ve become obese and diabetic. We’ve got so much food to choose from that we’d literally throw away edible food because it’s ugly.

Feeling nauseous yet? Wait till you find out what this food waste problem is costing us.

More shocking food waste statistics in the infographic below. Thankfully, the graphic also includes some easy ways you can stop the food waste insanity and treat food with the respect it deserves.

21 Shocking U.S. Food Waste Facts & Statistics - Infographic

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Lightsplasher W.
Lightsplasher W.7 months ago

I didn't want to post that last comment and can't figure out how to edit or remove it. There is really no use in 'shaming' anyone on anything, but we need to be aware of the issues and do what we can can to work towards a solution imho. Peace out.

Lightsplasher W.
Lightsplasher W.7 months ago

Shame on you US!!

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla8 months ago

Shame on you US!!

Christine Jones
Christine J.1 years ago

No food waste in my household and here's why.
I shop with a list and try my best to resist impulse buys.
Whatever is close to code goes at the front of the fridge or on the kitchen bench to remind me to eat it first.
Whatever is no longer crisp and appealing but is still good is made into soups, pies, smoothies, etc.
After that the process is: To the cat if safe, to the dog if safe, to the birds if safe.
Anything left goes into the compost bin.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Deborah Ida Sacco
.2 years ago

What we do in my home, is cook for 2 days..and we eat it for lunch and dinner. And if something remains the third day..for breakfast.
Especially here in Africa..there are poor people all over the place..why waste..or if you can't finish give it to them..even if it's something small..believe me..I went out for dinner..took half home..the next day I saw someone on the streets and just gave it..it wasn't much, but he smiled.
People who waste or who are picky about their food are not welcomed in my cirlce.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago


Anne Dorthe
Anne Dorthe2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this!

There are many things we can do in our households to reduce our food waste. Here are some tips that are great for the environment and will save you money:


Ginny W.
Ginny W.3 years ago

As part of an industrial design class in which I am enrolled, a group of students is trying to find a creative solution to the problem that food in the fridge is often forgotten and spoils before being eaten. We have developed a survey to begin our design research on this problem. Please help us out by taking the survey! Thanks! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R8D92YM

Shawn P.
Shawn P.3 years ago

Leftovers taste better the next day usually.........food is too precious to waste!