Americans throw away 450g of food a day
According to researchers from the scientific journal Plos One, 150,000 tonnes of food are wasted every day in the United States, consisting predominantly of fruit and vegetables (39%), followed by dairy products, meat and cereals. The impact on the environment and farmers is considerable, since this waste corresponds to the annual production of a 12-million-hectare field, with the consumption of 350,000 tonnes of pesticides and a million tonnes of fertilizer. Not to mention that the decomposition of the wasted food produces methane, a greenhouse gas.
In France, just 20 kg of food ends up in household bins each year, of which 7 kg is still unopened in its packaging. According to the Minister for Agriculture, food waste costs between €100 and €160 a year for every person in France, representing a total bill of €12-20 billion!