The mission to cut food waste in the U.S. moves up the national priority list as the USDA and EPA set a target of 50% reduction by 2030. Their action is consistent with both research and directions that FPA and the flexible packaging industry have been emphasizing in recent years.
In a press release announcing the first-ever food waste goal, USDA and EPA asks for a partnership involving the private sector and local government. The federal departments say that food loss and waste accounts for some 31% of the overall food supply in the U.S. That is 133 billion pounds of food each year. The press release was distributed early last Fall.