NRDC Releases Updated "Wasted" Report

From the NRDC's 2017 "Wasted" Report:

Back in 2012, NRDC’s work on sustainable agriculture caused us to stumble upon shocking numbers about how much food was going to waste across the United States. The further we dug, the more unbelievable we found the situation. We kept saying to ourselves, “These numbers can’t be true, because if they were, everyone would be talking about them.” And yet, very few people were. This led us to release a report in August 2012 entitled Wasted: How America Is Losing up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. To our surprise, that report landed on CNN’s Breaking News headlines and circled the globe in just about every major news outlet. It helped spark a national dialogue about how much food is going to waste and what can be done about it.

Just three short years later, in the fall of 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced federal targets to cut food waste in the United States by 50 percent by 2030. This and other markers of progress show us just how far awareness of wasted food has come over a short period of time.

While data are still quite limited, and it’s therefore difficult to say whether we are actually wasting less food than in 2012, much progress has occurred. We therefore felt it was appropriate to publish an updated version of our Wasted report. Like the original version, this report will answer two questions: “What are the leading drivers of wasted food across the different stages of the supply chain?” and “What can we do about it?” We include updated numbers where available and new examples of emerging solutions. We also chronicle key elements of progress made since the last report was released, five years ago. Finally, we conclude with recommendations on how to further this progress in the years ahead.

Click here to read the full report.


Jay Sheridan