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AGRIBUSINESS: Americans Waste 30 Percent Of Food

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A recent report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service showed 31 percent of American food was wasted in 2010.

The value of the 133 billion pounds of food gone to waste is estimated at $160-billion.

Roughly 10 percent of wasted food came from the retail sector while twice as much was lost at the consumer level.  An average of 430 pounds of food was lost per American.

In its report, the ERS points out that a better gauge of how much food and how much money is lost could be a quantitative baseline for policymakers.  It adds that a reduction in food loss could bring food prices down.


  • William Denison

    Theres not a poor family out there I know that waste ANY food. The poor do not waste food. They have to much respect for it. If this is a feel good story about cutting foodstamps its not going to work. Only those with money to waste have food to waste. Don’t add the poor to the mix on this one.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I think people need to buy what they need & not in bulk.
    My husband & I have lost a lot of weight. We just don’t eat much of nothing anymore. We feel a lot better now.
    ‘You can eat cheap out there’, Joyce Meyers.

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