A recent study published by Plos One has found that the world is wasting a lot more food than previously thought. Previous estimates from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have shown an average per capita waste of 214 calories per day. The new findings show 527 calories per day per person, nearly double what was previously thought.

These findings also determine that consumers who begin to gain wealth waste more. Once consumers have a daily spending power of $6.70, waste began to increase.  Food waste has long been a global problem that has yet to be solved. Decreasing food waste can reduce huge amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere as well as saving the natural resources that it took to grow, process, and ship the food. 80% of all freshwater in the United States, 10 percent of the Energy Budget, and 50% of land goes to producing food in the united states.

 

 

Written by Justin Stanphill