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This report provides the latest estimates by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) on the amount and value of food loss in the United States. These estimates are for morethan 200 individual foods using ERS’s Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data. In 2010, anestimated 31 percent or 133 billion pounds of the 430 billion pounds of food producedwas not available for human consumption at the retail and consumer levels. This amountof loss totaled an estimated $161.6 billion, as purchased at retail prices. For the first time, ERS estimates of the calories associated with food loss are presented in this report. An estimated 141 trillion calories per year, or 1,249 calories per capita per day, in the food supply in 2010 went uneaten. The top three food groups in terms of share of total value of food loss are meat, poultry, and fish (30 percent); vegetables (19 percent); and dairy products (17 percent). The report also provides a brief discussion of the economic issuesbehind postharvest food loss.

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

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Agricultural and Food Policy

Consumer/Household Economics

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Food Security and Poverty

Production Economics

Issue Date: 2014-02

Publication Type: Report

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/164262

Total Pages: 39

Series Statement: Economic Information Bulletin

Number 121

Record appears in: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) > Economic Research Service > Economic Information Bulletin





Autor: Buzby, Jean C. ; Farah-Wells, Hodan ; Hyman, Jeffrey

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/164262?ln=en







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