The NRDC report, Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, found inefficiencies and losses in the U.S. food system through the supply chain. Food is lost on farms; during processing, distribution and storage; in retail stores and food service operations; and in households. At every stage, there are a variety of reasons for the losses, the NRDC said.
Americans are throwing away 40 percent of food in the U.S., the equivalent of $165bn in uneaten food each year, according to the NRDC analysis. Food waste has jumped 50 percent since the 1970s and is now the single-largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills.
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