Developed nations like the US waste more food

A study conducted by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization finds that an average of 1.3 billion tons of food goes to waste per year.  The Organization identified a substantial disparity between developed and developing countries, with just 13-24 lbs of food wasted per person on a yearly basis in developing countries compared to 209-253 lbs in developed countries. While most food disposal in developing countries occurs during processing or transport, the majority of food thrown away in wealthier nations is based on the consumer’s “quality standards.”  These standards include insufficient purchase planning and disposal due to expiration.



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