The numbers remain striking: American consumers waste 40 percent of the food they purchase. Every year, we collectively toss $161 billion worth of edible goods into landfills, an extraordinary waste of both money and resources.
Working with global food waste data from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Popular Science has made an infographic that rather beautifully shows where the waste streams across the food and supply chains emanate from. The biggest losers, so to speak, are fruits and vegetables (44 percent lost) and roots and tubers (47 percent lost). Despite all the sour milk we’ve thrown away in our lives, dairy has the lowest amount of loss (16 percent).