Food waste is a huge problem in the United States, with the average American throwing away about a third of all edible food they buy per year. That’s about a pound of food per person per day and approximately $400 per person per year. Your pocket book isn’t the only thing that takes a hit. The environment does too. Food production accounts for 70 percent of the earth’s water consumption and 30 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.