Kudos to the businesses and organizations who have committed to reducing food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030! This is an ambitious goal and makes them part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. EPA’s newly formed U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion program.
In November 2016, the USDA and the EPA announced the first set of 2030 Champions to the public.
Food waste has far reaching impacts on our food security, resource use and conservation, and, ultimately, climate change (think: “how much food was grown, using water that was cleaned, harvested, using equipment that runs on fossil fuels, processed, using electricity that was generated by fossil fuels, packaged, in containers that were made with materials that have their own foot print, traveled, on rail and on truck powered by fossil fuels, only to go bad or get tossed from your refrigerator and sent to a landfill, using trucks powered by fossil fuels, to rot and create methane that contributes a staggering seventy-two-times more to climate change than carbon dioxide alone over a 20 year period?”).
To help increase awareness and to promote reductions in food loss and waste, the USDA and the EPA set the goal of 50% reduction in September 2015 and called on the industry champions across the country — and beyond — to commit. These leaders heard the call and have jumped on to help do their part.
NTCRA is proud to have one of our members among this list of champions! Frito Lay, as part of PepsiCo, will be working to reduce their food loss and waste to help meet this goal!
Way to go, Champ!
For more information, please visit the EPA’s Sustainable Management of Food website.