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U.S. Launches Interagency Plan to Cut Food Waste

Three big agencies are banding together to help business and consumers reduce the amount of food tossed into the trash.

Three major federal agencies—the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration—have announced a plan to cut food waste in the U.S. At present, more one-third of available food goes uneaten and constitutes the largest single source of waste in trash, the FDA said.

“Our nation’s agricultural abundance should be used to nourish those in need, not fill the trash,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.  “As the world’s population continues to grow to nearly 10 billion people by 2050 and the food systems continue to evolve, now is the time for action to educate consumers and businesses alike on the need for food waste reduction. I look forward to what the future holds on this initiative and how we can work together to change the hearts and minds of Americans to reduce food waste.” 

The plan calls for the three agencies to work together to educate consumers and collaborate with private industry to reduce food loss and waste across the supply chain.

Resources for the foodserve industry:

“Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging: A Guide for Food Services and Restaurants”

Tips on Assessing Wasted Food

Becoming a “2030 Champion”



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