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Elise Golan
Director of Sustainable Development
Office of the Chief Economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Food...
Food waste in the United States is estimated
at between 30-40 percent of the food supply
Food waste has far-reaching impac...
Food waste is a food security issue
Wholesome food that is wasted could help feed
families in need through donations to fo...
Food waste is a food security issue
Wasted food distorts attitudes about the affordability of
healthy diets.
• In 2008, th...
Food waste is an natural resource issue
In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S.
retail food stores, res...
Food waste is a climate change issue
By reducing the amount of food we toss into the
trash, we can help reduce greenhouse ...
Launched June 4, 2013
U.S. Food Waste Challenge
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cha...
U.S. Food Waste Challenge
Lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and
manage food and food waste in this country
• ...
USDA’s commitments to the
U.S. Food Waste Challenge
• Reduce food waste in the school-meals programs
• Educate consumers a...
Want more information?
http://www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste
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  1. 1. Elise Golan Director of Sustainable Development Office of the Chief Economist U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Food Waste Challenge
  2. 2. Food waste in the United States is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply Food waste has far-reaching impacts – Food security – Natural Resources – Climate change
  3. 3. Food waste is a food security issue Wholesome food that is wasted could help feed families in need through donations to food pantries and soup kitchens. • Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief charity, estimates that food donations supplied 2.7 billion meals to its clientele in 2010 • Rock and Wrap it Up! a national hunger relief program, provides 100,000 meals every week from the leftovers from schools, hotels, sporting events, rock concerts, political gatherings, film shoot sand television tapings
  4. 4. Food waste is a food security issue Wasted food distorts attitudes about the affordability of healthy diets. • In 2008, the amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants was valued at roughly $390 per U.S. consumer – more than an average month’s worth of food expenditures and about 3 times average SNAP benefits That amount of money could buy a lot of fruits, veggies, and other healthy food options!
  5. 5. Food waste is an natural resource issue In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food from U.S. retail food stores, restaurants, and homes—valued at approximately $161 billion—went uneaten. All of the resources that went into producing that wasted food – including the land, labor, water, pesticides, and fertilizers – could have been saved or gone to uses of higher value for society. • 44 Sears Towers of food waste • A mega city of natural resources wasted
  6. 6. Food waste is a climate change issue By reducing the amount of food we toss into the trash, we can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA estimates that in the United States: • Food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going to landfills (accounting for over 20% by weight) • Food waste generates methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide • Landfills are the third largest source of methane in the U.S. (16% of national total)
  7. 7. Launched June 4, 2013
  8. 8. U.S. Food Waste Challenge The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenge producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies to join their efforts to: Reduce food loss and waste Recover wholesome food for human consumption Recycle discards to other uses including animal feed, composting, and energy generation
  9. 9. U.S. Food Waste Challenge Lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in this country • To join the Challenge, participants list the activities they will undertake to help reduce, recover, or recycle food waste in their operations in the United States • Provide a platform for businesses to share best practices – spur adoption and development of more
  10. 10. USDA’s commitments to the U.S. Food Waste Challenge • Reduce food waste in the school-meals programs • Educate consumers about food waste and food storage • Streamline procedures for recovering misbranded meat and poultry • Facilitate recovery of out-of-standard imported produce • Estimate and model food loss • Conduct research on new technologies for reducing food waste
  11. 11. Want more information? http://www.usda.gov/oce/foodwaste
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