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Introducing ‘I Value Food,’ a Campaign to End Food Waste

I Value Food Campaign to End Food Waste

The statistics are staggering. In America, we waste 40% of the food we produce.

Let me repeat that:

In America, we waste 40 percent of the food we produce

We love food in this country, so it’s mind-boggling to learn that we throw away so much of it. Especially when 49 million households deal with food insecurity every year.

The reasons we waste food are many, but that means there are many solutions. And let me tell you, the solutions can be delicious.

Today we’re launching I Value Food, a movement that takes a fresh look at how food gets wasted and offers tools everyone can use to make a real impact on this pressing issue. Here’s a taste:

It starts with the I Value Food video, which presents some of the shocking facts about the scope and value of the food that gets wasted in America.

Then, we walk through a day of meals to reveal where wasted food is hiding.


You can take a quiz to measure your own food waste load.


Then we serve up helpful tips and resources based on your answers that you can use to get more out of the food you buy. You can also learn how to become more involved in the food waste reduction movement locally and globally.

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Everyone eats, so everyone can be part of the solution. From farm to fork to landfill, the entire food community is working on ways to repair the holes in our breadbasket. We’re inviting you to join them.


Jeremy Kranowitz
Executive Director

P.S. We need your help spreading the word about Whether it’s the video, the infographics or the articles, share what you’ve learned — or your own tips for reducing food waste — on social media with the hashtag #IValueFood. (We’re now on Instagram at ivaluefood, too.) Together, we can waste less, enjoy more!

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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