Fruit and veg top US 'Avoidable Food Waste' Report
Published: 29 Sep 2011
Fruit and vegetables have joined milk and yoghurt at the top of a report into avoidable food waste in the US.
USDA's food loss estimates at the retail and consumer levels for 2009 shows that the avoidable food waste in the US amounts to as much as 50 million metric tonnes annually.
The implications of this waste are significant. At least 123 million metric tonnes of CO2 are added to the atmosphere each year from the production, transport and disposal of the uneaten food - this translates to over 13 percent of all food-related emissions in the US and about 1.5 percent of total US emissions, and most of these emissions come from the production stage. The chart below breaks down these emissions by life-cycle stage and commodity type.
A preliminary cost estimate suggests that US consumers and businesses are wasting nearly $200 billion worth of raw food commodities annually.
Courtesy of http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/09/28/the-anatomy-of-food-waste/