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4% of American oil consumption is wasted on food we don't eat.

4% of American oil consumption is wasted on food we don't eat.

Saving Leftovers Saves Money and Resources Download the Fact Sheet Get document in PDF. Feeding the U.S. population requires an enormous amount of land and resources. Yet, 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes to waste. When the resources to grow that food are considered, this amounts to approximately 25 percent of all freshwater, 4 percent of the oil we consume, and $90 billion dollars all dedicated to producing food that never gets eaten. Reducing your own food waste is an easy way to trim down your bills and your environmental footprint. How much do we waste? In the U.S., we waste around 40 percent of all edible food. A large portion of that waste is caused by consumers. The average American throws away over $40 in the form of 33 pounds of food each month. If we wasted just 5 percent less food, it would be enough to feed 4 million Americans; 20 percent less waste would fe...

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