Governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have compiled extensive information on food waste and its reduction.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) published Wasted: How America is Losing 40 Percent of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill (second edition) in 2017. The extent of food losses as well as steps to remove inefficiencies is discussed from harvesting, processing, distribution, retail sales, households, and finally to disposal.
ReFED, a collaborative effort of more than 20 governmental leaders, NGOs, foundations and businesses, published A Roadmap to Reduce Food Waste by 20 Percent in 2016. Packed with information and graphics about prevention, recovery and recycling, the roadmap also includes an economic analysis and action steps.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service published a detailed analysis in 2014 entitled The Amount, Value and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses in the Retail and Consumer Levels of the United States. This report is packed full of data and graphics showing the losses in calories, weight and dollar value of many food groups (grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat and fish).