The USDA released updated food availability data this month, which reveals that food in the US is, paradoxically, overabundant and scarce—and causing a lot of problems.
The average American now consumes around 2,481 calories per day. The amount of food available per person has doubled to about 4,000 calories, and half of that goes to waste.
Despite increased food availability, population growth is outpacing production.
Consequences of our dysfunctional food system include high rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, plus environmental ills due to industrial farming such as increased greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.