USDA and EPA Set Nation's First Food Waste Reduction Goals


The federal government takes a bite out of food waste.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg announced last quarter the United States' first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030.  As part of the effort, the federal government will partner with local and state  governments to reduce food loss and waste in order to improve overall food security and conserve our nation's natural resources. Food waste and yard trimmings comprised 28% of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated nationwide in 2012 according to the EPA, and accounts for a significant portion of U.S. methane emissions.  Applying the percentage to South Carolina's MSW generation, the state produced an estimated 1.2 million tons of these organics in FY14.   Read more about the announcement here.