We waste food in many different ways. For those who cook for yourself or your family, you probably think of food waste as what gets thrown in the kitchen trash can or down the garbage disposal. The problem is much more widespread than that. Food waste happens on every level of food production, distribution, preparation and storage.

A-Z Solutions put this infographic together that shows how food waste affects more than just our pocketbooks. It effects the environment, our energy usage, our landfills, and the hungry – all in negative ways.

21 Shocking U.S. Food Waste Facts & Statistics - Infographic

I’m fairly well-informed about food waste, so not much of this was new information to me, but I find it helpful to have it all in one place. One statistic that did shock me was the fact that the average American wastes more meat than any other food product. It’s the food product that takes the biggest toll on the environment and on our pocket books.

Which statistic did you find most shocking?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.