Its Just the Beginning: The USA's First Food-Waste reduction Goals

Its Time to Get Serious - NPR

"Vilsack [Agriculture Secretary] says food waste isn't just an economic issue — it also is a big contributor of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that fuels climate change. Think about where most of it is tossed: "Basically, it ends up in landfills," Vilsack says. And it's the single greatest contributor to municipal landfills, according to USDA." - NPR

"It's [food waste] enough to fill the Sears Tower [technically now called the Willis Tower] 44 times" - NPR

"And schools, institutions and local governments can do a lot more to cut back on, recover and recycle food waste. In some states and cities, they're already required to. As we've reported, Seattle now fines homeowners for not sorting their garbage. And Massachusetts has implemented a food waste ban for certain institutions, with a handful of other states following suit." - NPR

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Nations First Food Waste Reduction - NRN

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Wednesday the first-ever national goals for reducing food waste, calling for a 50-percent reduction within 15 years." - NRN

"Food loss and waste is increasingly being spotlighted as a climate change issue." - NRN

"In the U.S., food is the largest component of municipal solid waste, and accounts for a significant portion of methane emissions, the agencies said." - NRN

"The USDA’s Economic Research Service estimated in 2010 that food loss and waste accounts for about 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds — that’s $161 billion worth — of the overall food supply." - NRN

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Jennings, L. (2015, September 17). USDA, EPA set nation's first food-waste reduction goals. Retrieved September 18, 2015.