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Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States
Jean C. Buzby (au); Hodan F. Wells (au); Jeffrey Hyman (au)
This report provides the latest estimates by the U.S. Dept.of Agriculture (USDA) on the amount and value of food loss in the U.S. These estimates are for more than 200 individual foods using the Economic Research Serviceäó»s (ERSäó»s) Loss-Adjusted Food Availability data. In 2010, an estimated 31% or 133 billion pounds of the 430 billion pounds of food produced was not available for human consumption at the retail and consumer levels. This amount of 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 valueof food loss are meat, poultry, and fish (30%); vegetables (19%); and dairy products (17%). The report also provides a brief discussion of the economic issues behind postharvest food loss. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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