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Are You Diverting Food Waste? The USDA wants to know!

Submitted by LauraDunn on June 10, 2013

18 October 2011, Neretva Valley - Damaged fruit awaiting disposal at the Opuzen Fruit Packing Facility.

On Tuesday, June 5th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inviting stakeholders in the food system to reduce, recover, and recycle their food wastage.

USDA Secretary Villsack and EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe were joined by speakers from the private-sector including Gills Onion, Unilever, Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Feeding America, and Rocky and Wrap it Up! Speakers stressed the importance to divert food waste from landfills given that 35 million tons per year ends up in the waste management system.

If your company is taking an innovative approach to better manage food waste, join the challenge!

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