Americans throw out 30% of Food Purchased, Penn State study Reveals

Written by on February 18, 2020

Americans throw out 30% of Food Purchased, Penn State study Reveals

By Rachel McDevitt

February 18, 2020

Photo by Malidate Van from Pexels

  The average American household wastes about one-third of the food purchased, according to a new study from Penn State.

  Using a new method to calculate waste at the household level, food economist Ted Jaenicke and a doctoral candidate calculated the average home spends more than 18-hundred dollars a year on food that’s never eaten.

  Jaenicke says they found a wide range of waste across households.

“The least-wasting household is just under nine percent of food waste and the most wasteful households can go above 80 percent,” says Jaenicke

  Jaenicke says a notable finding is that wealthier households and those with a healthier diet tend to waste more food.

  He adds it’s important to address food waste, because it creates methane in landfills and contributes to climate change.

  According to the United Nations, if global food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the U-S.


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