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U.S. Aims to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030

Sep 16, 2015
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Two federal agencies on Wednesday called for a 50% reduction in food waste in the United States by 2030 and announced a partnership with charities and private sector organizations to cut waste.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency comes in advance of a discussion of sustainability at the United Nations in New York City next week.

"Let's feed people, not landfills," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a press release. " Today's announcement presents a major environmental, social and public health opportunity for the U.S."

Read more: Here’s How To Cut Down On Food Waste

The average American household of four wastes more than two million calories of food with a value of nearly $1,500 each year, according to the USDA. In total, nearly a third of the food supply goes to waste. At the same, nearly 50 million Americans live in food insecure households. Wednesday's announcement was billed as the latest in a slew of initiatives to change these trends.

Food waste reduction efforts also help in the fight against climate change. Organic matter that winds up in landfills eventually creates methane gas, a greenhouse gas that accelerates global warming.

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Swiss chard tolerates both cool temperatures and the heat, so you will see tasty varieties in September.Getty Images
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Swiss chard tolerates both cool temperatures and the heat, so you will see tasty varieties in September.
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