The U.S. throws away up to 40% of the food it produces. But there is a way to reduce this: a special EPA taskforce created Food: Too Good to Waste, a comprehensive toolkit to help communities across the country to reduce the amount of food they lose and waste, and all we need now is for the EPA to approve it!
Food: Too Good to Waste provides communities with tools and strategies to help families and individuals reduce food wasted at home. EPA approval and funding would allow Food: Too Good to Waste to launch a coordinated national campaign on Earth Day on April 22, 2014. Love Food Hate Waste, a food waste initiative in the United Kingdom, utilized a similar approach, alongside the work of civic society organizations, to achieve a reduction in food waste by 21 percent since 2007.
Each year, an estimated 300 million barrels of oil and 25 percent of all freshwater are used to produce food that ends up being wasted instead of reaching people’s stomachs. Food waste in landfills accounts for nearly 16 percent of U.S. methane emissions and costs Americans $165 billion each year. To protect our land, air, and water, it is crucial that we reduce food waste at the national level.
Food Shift has drafted this letter in partnership with the support of the organizations below. Together we can build stronger, more resilient communities and a healthier environment by supporting this campaign to end food waste!
We know Administrator McCarthy and Associate Administrator Mathy Stanislaus have a lot on their plates. We are sending this letter to show that we stand with them on backing this issue and making it a priority before Earth Day 2014! Show your support for ending food waste in the U.S.!
Dana Frasz, Founder & Director, Food Shift
John A. Knox, Executive Director, Earth Island Institute
Jonathan Bloom, Journalist & Speaker
Michael Dimock, Roots of Change
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank
Gary Oppenheimer, Ample Harvest
Joel Berg, New York Coalition Against Hunger
Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council
Tristram Stuart, Feeding the 5k
Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute
Nick Papadopoulos, Cropmobster.com & FoodWasteNews.com
Gary Wolff, Stopwaste.org
Chef Ann Cooper, Renegade Lunch Lady
Richard McCarthy, Slow Food USA
Rajesh Karmani, ZeroPercent.us