Today is World Environment Day (WED) and celebrations are going around the world to raise awareness about the need to protect natural resouces and the environment. This year's focus for WED is Think.Eat. Save related to the interconnection between food waste and environmental impacts. Below is a summary of food and related environmental statistics:
- 40% of food Americans have available to them goes uneaten. This equates to $165.6 billion in food is wasted each year.
- In the United States alone, consumers waste 10 times more food per capita than those in Southeast Asia.
- Reducing food losses by just 15% would mean enough food to feed more than 25 million people in America. Today 1 in 6 Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.
- 50% more food is wasted today than in the mid 1970s.
- 10% of the entire U.S. budget, 50% of land and 80% of water is utilized to get food from farms to fork.
- Throwing out ½ a hamburger equates to the same water usage as taking a 60 minute shower.
- Most of this nutrient rich uneaten food is thrown out and ends up in landfills becoming the second largest component of landfills, and the single largest component of municipal solid waste, where it accounts for almost 25% of U.S. methane emissions.
Celebrate today by learning more about the environmental impacts of food waste and what you can do to reduce your "foodprint" by visiting http://www.thinkeatsave.org/