Some Facts on Food Waste

by Alison Lueders, Great Green Editing

It should go without saying that wasting food is a bad idea. But the amount of food wasted in the U.S. today is truly staggering. Here are a couple of statistics:


Wasted food means:

Efforts to address this issue include:

  • At the national level, the U.S. government launched a “U.S. Food Waste Challenge” this past June. It calls on both the public sector and private industry to find ways to reduce, recover and recycle food waste.
  • In 2011, an alliance of food industry companies, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association, announced a 3-year initiative to cut food waste and reduce the amount of food sent to landfills. They would also increase donations to groups that feed the hungry. This initiative is co-chaired by General Mills and our very own Lakeland, Florida based Publix Supermarkets.
  • In Tampa Bay, the Whole Foods site offers this post on “12 Ways to Stop Wasting Food.” Some great ideas here!

My family sometimes struggles to finish foods before they go bad. We have learned to love soups and omelets for dinner, in order to use leftovers of all kinds. Our next frontier will be composting food scraps instead of putting them in the trash. How about you?