Want to hear some shocking facts about food waste? Try these on for size!
• 20-40% of crops worldwide are discarded by farmers because they don’t meet retailers’ standards
• $100-$160 billion is spent every year in the U.S. to produce food that is wasted .
• Industrialized regions of the world discard up to twice as much of marine catches [9-15%], as developing countries.
• A North Carolina guy made made $2,400 in one year by “dumpster diving” and selling non-perishables online!
Drawn from worldwide resources, see many more facts about food waste in the following chart prepared by infographic experts Neomammalian Studios located in the U.K.
Also, check out this blog post from Jonathan Bloom, a freelance journalist and the author of the book American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It).