How Much Food Are We Wasting Per Year?

It's a lot!

September 20, 2019
Food waste in garbage can

I am so guilty of doing this. I go grocery shopping when I am hungry which leads to bad decisions and over buying food. My intentions are to cook meals each night using the food, but life happens and the food goes in the trash. 

Are you guilty of wasting a lot of food?

Americans throw away 103 pounds of spoiled food from their fridge every single year, according to new research. That adds up to 6,180 pounds over the average adult lifetime.

A new study examining the food waste habits of 2,000 Americans also found that the average American will toss out four spoiled items from their fridge every week.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bosch home appliances, also found that the average American has about $102 worth of product in their fridge at any given time.

Based on this research, the average American also ends up chucking out $53.81 worth of spoiled food a week from their fridge, or $2,798 every year.

The unnecessary waste of food weighs on our conscious, too, as 73 percent of respondents say they feel guilty when they waste food.

I definitely feel guilty because there are so many people that would eat the food I waste. Plus, all that food adds up to a decent chunk of money that is wasted too. Maybe that will be my New Year's Resolution for 2020?

What foods are the most wasted?

TOP 10 MOST COMMONLY WASTED FOODS
1. Bananas                        55%
2. Strawberries                 50%
3. Apples                           47%
4. Bread                             46%
5. Milk                                46%
6. Blueberries                   45%
7. Leafy greens                44%
8. Potatoes                       43%
9. Meat                              43%
10. Yogurt                         42%

Produce is hard to keep if you don't use it within a few days of buying it. 

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