Survey Shows Americans Waste 133 Billion Pounds of Food
- A recent survey by USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates 133 billion pounds of all food available for consumption in the U.S. went uneaten in 2010 and 58.4 billion pounds of that was in the meat, poultry and fish category.
The food loss statistics show the meat, poultry and fish category represented 30 percent of the total value of wasted food, yet only 12 percent of the total volume. It also reports two-thirds of the total loss occurred in homes, restaurants and other out-of-home sites and the other one-third took place in grocery stores or other food retailers.
Expected reasons for food waste include spoilage, processing issues, contamination and waste by consumers who cook too much food for one meal. The 290-pounds of food wasted per capita makes U.S. consumers among the most wasteful in developed nations.
- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act of 2014.
House Ag Chair Frank Lucas says the legislation reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and ensures the agency is working in the most efficient and effective way.