The term "food waste" refers to uneaten food within our food system that is ultimately disposed of even if still fit for consumption. Roughly 30-40% of our food supply ends as waste. This waste can occur at any point in the system, such as during production/growing season, harvesting/processing, distribution, retail and food service sales, and consumption. While it can vary by nation, the majority of food waste in the United States occurs at the consumer level. Here, the average household of 4 wastes around $1,500 per year in uneaten food!
There are many ways we consumers can help fight food waste! Some ways that you can help include: