Facts and Statistics

The outrage of wasted resources is compounded when we consider the need of the hundreds of millions of hungry people in our world. Rather than ensuring that the fundamental needs of all people are served, our throw-away, profit-driven society continues to pollute the Earth with massive waste.

LINKS ABOUT OVER-CONSUMPTION
Story of Stuff – Materials Economy Explanation Movie

FOOD WASTE FACTS
See the great compilation of facts is on the website of Tristram Stuart, author of Waste.
“Half of US Food Goes to Waste,” Food Production Daily, 11/25/04

EPA Statistics on Municipal Food Waste
USDA Report on Food Waste (this link downloads a PDF)
Food Waste and Environmental Impact  a hard-science article with mathematical methodology. Among the facts here: US per capita food waste has progressively increased by ~50% since 1974, reaching more than 1400 calories per person per day.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF WASTE
Garbage: How Can my Community Reduce Waste?
Rotten Truth About Garbage
We Have A Garbage Crisis
New York City’s Garbage Crisis
Garbage Crisis in India
Food Waste is Water Waste– Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and ~300 million barrels of oil per year. “Food Waste and Environmental Impact”, cited above.

HUNGER FACTS
Food insecurity maps from Feeding America
New York City Hunger Statistics
from City Harvest
USDA Report on Hunger in the US, 2009
More Statistics on Hunger in the United States
Global Hunger Statistics