133 billion pounds of food waste. That’s enough to fill 78 Empire State Buildings. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency shared these shocking numbers and then topped themselves with a third: 50 percent.
In one of the most significant announcements about food waste to date, the USDA and EPA announced the country’s first-ever food waste reduction goal – calling for a 50 percent reduction by 2030.
How will they do it?
1. The administration will partner with charitable organizations and food companies to distribute food to those that need it most – which is nearly 50 million people throughout the U.S.
2. The initiative calls for reducing food waste in U.S. landfills to help cut harmful methane emissions, resulting in measurable environmental benefits.
3. The administration will launch a consumer education campaign to address household waste, including the USDA ‘FoodKeeper’ app, which helps consumers maximize the storage life of foods and beverages in their homes.
We’re pleased to see the U.S. set such an ambitious – yet attainable – goal that will feed more people and lower environmental impacts. Check out the full story here: Government agencies set goal to cut food waste in half by 2030.
We’ve been thinking about these issues too. It’s shocking to realize that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. We’re equally shocked that the water used to grow just the food we discard is greater than the water used by any single nation in the world. That’s why we wrote Food Foolish – and you can check it out here. Let me know what you think @JohnMandyck!