USDA, EPA Launch Food Waste Program

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

June 5, 2013

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USDA, EPA Launch Food Waste Program

Two federal agencies have launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge with the support of several private sector organizations to reduce and recycle food waste.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with the help of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), both Washington based, launched the program that calls for various stakeholders in the food chain – including producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies − to join the effort to reduce, recover and recycle food waste. Private-sector partners in the program include Rio Farms, Unilever, General Mills, the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Rock and Wrap It Up! and Feeding America, according to a news release.

The goal of the challenge is to achieve a fundamental shift in the approach to managing food and food waste in the United States. The program’s goal is to have 400 partner organizations by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020.

USDA is initiating a range of efforts including activities to reduce waste in the school meals program, educating consumers about food waste and food storage, and developing new technologies to reduce food waste.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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