I think many of us can still hear our mothers say, “You must finish what is on your plate before you go outside.” Continuing our mother’s tradition to reduce food waste, the USDA, EPA, and FDA kicked off April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month by calling for greater collaboration with public, private, and nonprofit partners to educate and engage consumers and stakeholders throughout the supply chain on the need to reduce food loss and waste.
In the U.S., more than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. Food is the single largest type of waste in our daily trash. In recent years, great strides have been made to highlight and mitigate food loss and waste, but the work has just begun. When food is tossed aside, so too are opportunities for economic growth, healthier communities, and environmental prosperity – but that can change through partnership, leadership, and action.
“USDA alone cannot end food waste, it will require partners from across the supply chain working together on innovative solutions and consumer education. We need to feed our hungry world and by reducing food waste, we can more wisely use the resources we have. I am pleased President Trump identified this issue as one of importance.” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
“Reducing food waste and redirecting excess food to people, animals, or energy production provide immediate benefits to public health,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We are working closely with our federal partners and stakeholders across the nation to reduce the amount of food going to landfills and maximize the value of our food resources.”
“With 1 in 6 people getting a foodborne illness every year in the U.S., and up to 40 percent of food left uneaten, it’s understandable why food safety and food waste are major societal concerns,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas.
As part of the month’s observances, on April 9, EPA will host a livestreamed event with USDA and FDA. Additional joint agency actions will be announced at the event regarding the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative.
The USDA, EPA, and FDA invite public and private partners to participate in Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month through the following:
- Join the conversation: Share your efforts with the #NoWastedFood hashtag in your social media posts throughout the month.
- Educate your community: Learn about USDA, EPA, and FDA programs and resources to reduce food loss and waste.
- Be a U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion: Join other corporate and business leaders who have made a public commitment to reducing food loss and waste in their U.S. operations by 50 percent by the year 2030.