The United States has 900 million acres of farmland, divided into over 2 million farms. It accounts for about 40% of all planted acreage in the United States.
Much of this farmland is used to raise livestock and grow corn and soybeans. But not all of it is used to produce food for direct human consumption. Much of it is used to produce food for livestock. This makes livestock and other animal production farms and facilities secondary beneficiaries of U.S. agriculture. Agriculture, food production, and related industries (such as food manufacturing and retail) accounted for her $1.055 trillion of US Gross Domestic Product in 2020, or 5% of total GDP.
To examine the environmental impact of household food waste, OhmConnect used data from the EPA publication Farm to Kitchen: The Environmental Impact of U.S. Food Waste, released in November 2021. Quoted.
One-third of all food produced each year is not consumed and simply wasted. This also means that the resources used to produce that food in the supply chain (water, pesticides, gas or diesel for freight and delivery, energy for refrigeration) are wasted.
The US Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the US wastes between 161 billion and 335 billion pounds of food annually. This equates to £492-1,032 per person per year. Converting this number to what most people are aware of and which many actively track, this translates to 1,520 calories per day per person for her, or 150 million for him. Equivalent to enough food to feed.
Per capita food losses and waste have increased over the past decade and have tripled since 1960. Fruits and vegetables are one of the most frequently wasted foods, with the consumption stage typically at home and in restaurants accounting for about half of the waste. .