What Food Waste Is Costing You and the Environment

Before doing the research for this infographic, I knew that food waste was a major problem.  However, I was astounded by the facts because it is far worse than I thought.  Remember: Educating yourself isn’t about feeling guilty; it’s about finding opportunities to do better for the world and yourself.  Read on!



The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) produced a great article, Global Food Losses and Food Waste.  Many of these stats, such as the global quantity of food wasted or loss, the regional consumer versus production statistics, and some of the consumer solutions for reducing wasted food were sourced from that article.   The EPA provides stats about food waste in the US.  This article includes information about how food waste translates into oil and water used.  The United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCC) offers info about deforestation rates.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) explores global water usage here.  The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) offers up numbers on malnourishment worldwide.  And finally, the USDA explains best use-by and safety dates here.