Consumer Food Waste

Jul 10, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Clemson’s Food Safety and Nutrition people not only try to keep us from getting sick from eating improperly stored, cooked, or served food; they also want us to stop wasting food. In 2015, South Carolina recorded six hundred seven thousand tons of food as being wasted. On the national scale, thirty to forty percent of what is grown and processed is wasted and has a value of one hundred sixty billion dollars each year. Some of this is food that was grown but not harvested and ten percent is discarded from grocery stores.   But the majority is food thrown away by consumers; twenty pounds per month per person! For a family of four, that’s over $1500 worth of food that was perfectly fine when it was bought but that ended up going to the landfill.