Exploring Food Waste by

Exploring Food Waste / Published October 17, 2014 by Eric Chappell

Eric Chappell

Exploring Food Waste

Our Explore phase has helped illuminate just how troubling food waste is. Most estimates suggest that the US wastes around 40% of the food that it grows, much of that done by consumers who do not use food before it spoils. On average, each person in the US wastes 1.5 pounds of food, the equivalent of throwing away a dinner and half of their lunch.

Outside the US, food waste is an issue because of improper storage and transportation techniques. Food supply chains are also more susceptible to environmental conditions such as extreme heat and cold. Still, every country lags behind the US in food waste and global food waste is estimated at one-third of production. Where food waste occurs also differs in developing countries, with most waste occurring in production, harvesting and transportation.