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Food for Thought

How to take ingredients from discarded to delicious

A Growing Solution

Setting up to the plate, together

  • In the United States alone, surplus food is responsible for 4% of U.S. GHG emissions, 14% of all fresh water use, 18% of all cropland use, and 24% of landfill inputs.*

  • Food waste is the number one material in landfills, based on EPA estimates.*

  • In 2019, surplus food was valued at $408 billion. Of this, 70% - $285 billion - was due to food waste.*

  • The food industry lost $250 billion with restaurants and other foodservice businesses shouldering the greatest burden.*

  • 23 million tons of food waste occurs at the consumer-facing business level.*

  • If all of our country's surplus food was grown in one place, this "mega-farm" would cover roughly 80 million acres, over three-quarters of the state of California.

*ReFED - Roadmap to 2030: Reducing U.S. Food Waste by 50% and the ReFED Insights Engine