[Correction: an earlier version of this post wrongfully insinuated that the following infographic was created in response to Anna Lappé and Danielle Nierenberg’s Wall Street Journal article, ‘Hungering for a Solution to Food Losses,’ to disprove the myth that we don’t produce enough food to feed the world.]
Last week, we shared National Resources Defence Council’s infographic illustrating the shocking truths behind how the US’s un-regulated food date labeling system contributes to our astounding rate of food waste. In the US, 40 percent of the food we produce is wasted to a tune of $165 billion dollars a year.
This week, we share an infographic that breaks down food waste and food loss in the US and around the globe. Inspired by Anna Lappé and Danielle Nierenberg’s Wall Street Journal article, ‘Hungering for a Solution to Food Losses,’ Sustainable America created the following infographic to help disprove the myth that we don’t produce enough food to feed the world.
The infographic highlights some interesting facts, like how the 1.3 billion tons of food we waste worldwide is enough to feed the 868 million who are hungry.
The good news is that there are many organizations and initiatives working to combat food insecurity and waste, such as California-based Farm to Family, which has distributed over 120 million pounds of unwanted produce from growers to families in need. And through efforts like composting, meal planning, leftover devouring and juicing we can take a conscious bite out of our personal and collective food waste.
You can learn more about the truth behind food waste and hunger by visiting Food Tank and Food MythBusters.