Food waste is the world's dumbest problem
Earth Day: How much food Americans waste and resources used per year
America's thirst for resources seems unquenchable, and its ability to generate waste can be shocking.
In 2015, for example, 5% of the world's population lived in the United States, but the country consumed about 18% of the planet's energy, according to .
Meanwhile, Americans in 2010 had a 430-billion-pound bounty of food, yet wasted about 31% of it. That's roughly 141 trillion calories' worth of grub, according to USDA statistics.
In honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, Business Insider crunched these and other numbers to create a full picture of what the average American uses, wastes, and emits each year.
Video: Food waste: How much food do supermarkets throw away? (CBC Marketplace)
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