Biden administration launches initiative to reduce food waste

The White House has introduced a comprehensive national strategy aimed at curbing food waste in the United States.

Somini Sengupta reports for The New York Times.

In short:

  • The initiative seeks to change behaviors in businesses and homes, extend the shelf life of foods, and enhance food donation and composting efforts.
  • The plan includes funding for research on food preservation technologies and consumer education on reducing waste.
  • Compared to some state and international policies, the strategy lacks new regulations but is considered a positive starting point by experts.

Key quote:

“Everyone has a role to play in reducing food loss and waste, and I hope that these federal commitments will inspire and catalyze action in the private sector and communities around the U.S.”

— Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Why this matters:

Reducing food waste is important for lowering greenhouse gas emissions and improving food security. The U.S. discards nearly a third of its food supply, contributing significantly to environmental degradation and resource inefficiency.

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