Almost half of the food produced in this country goes to waste, uneaten. That means half of the fruit, half of the vegetables, and most shockingly, half of the meat. Food waste has more than doubled since 1974—we're now wasting about 1,400 calories per person per day.
Food waste accounts for 25% of freshwater used, and it accounts 300 million barrels of oil every year.
Most people assume that "something is being done" about food waste—when I tell people about the food that's being wasted they tell me I should contact someone—that I should call City Harvest, or another organization that collects unwanted and uneaten food for the poor. Few understand that there is simply too much food, too thinly spread out across this city, for organizations to recuperate it all.