Americans throw away about a third of all edible food that they buy per year. That's almost 30 billion pounds (13 billion kg) of food a year, 11 billion (4 billion kg) of which are fruits and vegetables. On a day-by-day basis, that's about 1 pound (0.45 kg) of food per person per day. In financial terms, that's a waste of around $400 US Dollars (USD) per person per year.
More facts about American eating habits:
- Seventeen percent of the trash that Americans send to landfills is food waste.
- Food banks report that 20 percent more people have come to them asking for food in recent years — but donations have gone down 9 percent. One study estimated that a mere 4 billion pounds (1.8 billion kg) of food would be enough to feed the hungry in America — that's less than one-fourth of what gets thrown out. About 40 million people in America do not have a regular source of food.
- Processing American food waste takes more than 350 million barrels of oil every year.