- Of all food ready for harvest, 40 to 50 percent never gets
- On average, households waste 14 percent of their food purchases.
Fifteen percent of that includes products still within their
expiration date but never opened.
- An average family of four currently tosses out $590 per year,
just in meat, fruits, vegetables and grain products.
- Nationwide, household food waste alone adds up to $43 billion,
making it a serious economic problem.
SOURCE: Nation Wastes Nearly Half Its Food, Timothy W. Jones,
Univ. of Arizona, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology,