Americans waste an estimated 14 percent to 40 percent of the food produced for their consumption. It happens in fields, in stores and in your kitchen. That’s bad for the environment and it can be very bad for your wallet.
“Food waste is one of those things that hide in plain sight,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of “American Wasteland,” about food waste. “When it’s really put in front of people, it does surprise them.”
Farmers toss imperfect heads of lettuce, grocers chuck bruised tomatoes and, by best estimates, consumers waste about 25 percent of the food they buy — throwing out browned bananas, outdated cheese and unused leftovers.