USDA Reports on U.S. Food Loss, Waste in 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service released a report Monday showing the U.S. wasted about 31-percent - or 133-billion pounds - of food in 2010 worth 161.1-billion dollars. Agri-Pulse reports out of 430-billion pounds of available food in 2010 - the study shows 43-billion pounds at the retail level were lost and 90-billion pounds were lost at the consumer level. The average amount of food loss per American was 429-pounds. Of that amount - 139-pounds were lost at the retail level and 290-pounds at the consumer level. ERS says food loss is becoming an increasingly important topic domestically and internationally. The report says better estimates of the amount and value of food loss could help serve as quantitative baselines for policymakers and the food industry to set targets and develop initiatives, legislation or policies to minimize food waste, conserve resources and improve human nutrition. By reducing food loss - food prices in the U.S. and around the world would likely reduce.

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