By The Numbers
"With the passing of Halloween, millions of pounds of pumpkins have turned from seasonal decorations to trash destined for landfills, adding to more than 254 million tonnes of municipal solid waste produced in the United States every year," the department writes on its website. U.S. Department of Energy.
An estimated 28.5 million tonnes of food is thrown out by Canadians in 1 year, based on these numbers.
United States of America/Population
325.7 million (2017)
36.29 million (2016)
325.7 / 36.29 = 8.9
254 million tonnes / 8.9 = 28.5 million tonnes
Based on these numbers, an estimated 28.5 million tonnes of food thrown out by Canadians in 1 year.
"But we didn't eat the vast majority of the 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the U.S. in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Instead we, of course, carved faces into them, set them aglow and perhaps left them to sit outside for days. And then we tossed them."
About a fifth of the pumpkins we grow are processed for food products liked canned pumpkin. But given all the attention on food waste these days, it seems a shame that so many of the rest of these fresh, nutritious fruits never make it onto the table.
As we've reported, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. each year. The typical American family tosses out about $1,500 of food yearly.