Food Waste

Food waste refers to the intentional rejection and discard of edible food that occurs on the retail and consumption side of the supply chain. Food is considered wasted when it is thrown away or allowed to spoil by supermarkets, restaurants, or consumers. As reported by Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED), a nonprofit think tank, food waste by consumer-facing businesses such as supermarkets, restaurants, and institutional food service vendors comprises 25 million tons, or 40 percent, of the total amount of food wasted in the United States each year. American consumers are additionally responsible for 43 percent of food waste, throwing out 27 million tons of edible food per year. The total economic value of the food lost...

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