The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States

Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-121) 39 pp, February 2014

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by Jean C. Buzby, Hodan Farah Wells, and Jeffrey Hyman

In the United States, 31 percent-or 133 billion pounds-of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices. For the first time, ERS estimated the calories associated with food loss: 141 trillion in 2010, or 1,249 calories per capita per day. Errata: On June 27, 2014, Tables 2, 3, and 5 were updated to correct some incorrect values. The errors did not affect summary totals in the tables or report findings.

Keywords: Food waste, food consumption, food loss, food recovery, foodservice, recycling, plate waste, processing

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