EPA/USDA partner to reduced wasted food
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce the launch of a challenge that asks farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities and government agencies to reduce wasted food. The U.S. Food Waste Challenge builds upon the success of EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge to help more Americans do their part to reduce food waste.
“Food waste is the single largest type of waste entering our landfills; Americans throw away up to 40 percent of their food. Addressing this issue helps to combat hunger and save money, while also combating climate change. Food waste in landfills decomposes to create potent greenhouse gases and by reducing this waste we can, in turn, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Perciasepe. “I’m proud that EPA is joining with USDA to announce the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. With the help of partners across the country, we can ensure that our nation’s food goes to our families and those in need —not the landfill.”
“The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply on earth, but too much of this food goes to waste,” said Vilsack. “Not only could this food be going to folks who need it – we also have an opportunity to reduce the amount of food that ends up in America’s landfills. By joining together with EPA and businesses from around the country, we have an opportunity to better educate folks about the problem of food waste and begin to address this problem across the nation.”
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