Food waste in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on food waste in the U.S.

This dossier provides statistical information about food waste in the United States. It also includes chapters focusing on food waste at home, household food security, and consumer attitudes in the United States.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Amount of food waste generated in the United States 2018, by sector

    • Distribution of food waste in the United States 2018, by segment

    • Most commonly discarded types of food in the U.S. in 2019

    • Most commonly discarded types of food in the U.S. in 2019, by gender

    • Distribution of wasted food management in the United States 2018, by type

    • Share of agricultural water & cropland used for wasted food in the U.S. 2019

    • Global attitudes towards food waste in selected countries 2020

  • 2. Food waste at home
    • Reasons for discarding food in the U.S. in 2019, by gender

    • Reasons for discarding food in the U.S. in 2019

    • Most frequent ways of reducing food waste at home in the U.S. in 2019

    • Reasons for thinking about food waste while eating at home in the U.S. 2019

    • Frequency of thinking about food waste while eating at home in 2019

  • 3. Household food security
    • Number of food secure and insecure individuals in the U.S. 2019

    • Distribution of food secure and insecure individuals in the U.S. 2019, by status

    • U.S. - share of children in food-insecure households 1998-2019

    • Food pantry and emergency kitchen use in the U.S. 2019, by age group

    • Food pantry and emergency kitchen use in the U.S. 2018, by food security status

    • U.S. food pantry and emergency kitchen usage share 2018, by food security status

  • 4. Consumer attitudes & behavior
    • Attitudes towards how to address food waste in the United States 2020

    • Attitudes towards food waste in the U.S. 2020

    • Attitudes towards minimizing food waste in the United States 2020

    • U.S.: Most frequent reasons for thinking about food waste while grocery shopping 2019

    • Frequency of thinking about food waste while grocery shopping in the U.S. in 2019

    • Most frequent ways of reducing food waste while eating out in the U.S. in 2019

    • Reasons for thinking about food waste while eating out in the U.S. in 2019

    • Frequency of thinking about food waste while eating out in 2019

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