Any liquid or solid food produced for consumption which is discarded for any reason can be considered food waste. Food waste is regarded as a widespread problem throughout the food industry and occurs at every step along the supply chain. The total amount of food waste produced in the Unites States is estimated to be close to 103 million tons per year.
Sources of food waste
Industrial food processing and manufacturing are the leading sources of food waste in the United States. Approximately 39 percent of U.S. food waste is produced in this sector. If the commercial operations of retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, and food services are combined, they make up the second biggest source of U.S. food waste. However, taken individually, they would be smaller than the residential sector which produced about 24 percent of food waste in the U.S. Most wasted food ends up on landfills or is fed to animals, with 36 and 21 percent of wasted food being managed this way, respectively. When it comes to the management of wasted food in the U.S. only a small portion ends up as a donation.
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