Tackling Corporate Food Waste to Fight Climate Change and Hunger
Each year, approximately 40% of food produced in the U.S. — nearly 133 billion pounds, or $165 billion dollars’ worth — goes uneaten. These are troubling figures when you consider that nearly 50 million Americans, (including 16 million children) go to bed hungry each night and that a 15% reduction in industrial food waste could generate enough food to feed 25 million people each year.
ICCR’s food group members advocate for sustainable food production policies that minimize environmental and social impacts, and respect the universal right to food.
Beyond the lost opportunity to feed the hungry, most food waste goes directly into landfills where, through decomposition, it produces dangerous greenhouses gas emissions responsible for driving climate change. In fact, food waste in landfills is responsible for 23% of all methane emissions and 4.5% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Food waste also includes precious natural resources, accounting for 25% of water, 30% of fertilizer, and 31% of cropland wastage in the U.S.