According to the USEPA:
About 35 million tons of food waste reach landfills and incinerators each year in the United States. This waste could be prevented, used to feed people, or composted for reuse as fertilizer for future crops.
Just to REMIND everyone, when food waste is thrown in a landfill it rots. Then as we know from our trash cans when we jump out of our eyes after removing the lid and the stench is so powerful we almost pass out. Well than is believe it or not a significant source of methane.
Did you know that methane is a serious greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Again, let us not forget that landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the USA alone; this is more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.
Here is an infographic of how serious food waste really is in the USA.