Approximately $47 billion worth of food available for sale at grocery stores and other retail outlets in 2008 did not make it into consumers’ shopping carts.
Wholesome food that could have fed families in need is sent to landfills.
In 2008, the amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued at roughly $390 per U.S. consumer – more than an average month’s worth of food expenditures.
In 2010, the bill for dumping food into landfills was more than $2 billion.
Food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going to landfills, accounting for over 20% by weight.
Food waste quickly generates methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Landfills are the third largest source of methane in the United States.
(From the USDA-Office of the Chief Economist)