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Food Waste: By the Numbers

1,400

Calories a day wasted by American eaters

50

Percent increase in the amount of food wasted by Americans since 1974

$1,300

The estimated minimum value of the food that an American family of four throws out in a year

25

Percent of all food that Americans bring into the home that ends up in the garbage

$160 billion

The combined value of the food that all Americans throw out in a year

25

Percent of America’s freshwater consumption that goes into producing food that gets wasted

300

Million barrels of oil used to produce that wasted food

3

Calories of fossil fuel energy to produce 1 calorie of food energy

80

Percent reduction in landfilled food at Wal-Mart’s California stores since 2009

6.9

Percent of American household budgets that now goes to food costs, an all-time low

7

Minutes, the average lifespan for French fries under a heat lamp at a fast food restaurant

Sources: The Economist; American Wasteland; WastedFood.com; Grist; United States Department of Agriculture