Food in the United States
According to the USDA, up to 40% of all food in the United States ends up being thrown away. This is a squandering of land, water, labor, transportation and countless other resources at a time when one in six children in the United States are food insecure.
We can do better.
According to Project Drawdown, by Paul Hawken, by sector, the food and agriculture industry is the sector that has the most significant influence on our ability to slow and reverse climate change. Reducing the amount of food waste we generate as businesses, organizations, or individuals might be the single greatest lever we have access to if we wish to minimize our impact on the climate.
Annually, the United States will spend 1.4% of our GDP on the growing, transportation, processing and disposal of food that is never consumed.