Food waste in America in 2020: Statistics and facts

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The RTS Food waste in America in 2020 guide presents clear - and alarming - statistics on the amount of food that is wasted in the US each year, which have health, environmental and financial repercussions:

  • 80 billion lbs of food is thrown away
  • 40% of the US food supply is wasted
  • $1600 worth of produce per family is wasted

To help address these staggering numbers, the guide also sets out actions that are being taken, or could be taken, to help reduce this waste - which will require coordination between public and private sectors. This includes changes that can be made in terms of policy and legislative changes, household habits, restaurant management and commercial business practices. 

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