U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Help End Food Waste
  • Petitioning Administrator Gina McCarthy

This petition will be delivered to:

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Gina McCarthy
The Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency
Associate Administrator Mathy Stanislaus

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Help End Food Waste

    1. Petition by

      Food Shift

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.!


Sincerely,

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

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    @zeropercentus

    Feb 25, 2014

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    Jan 31, 2014

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    @ZeroHunger

    Feb 05, 2014

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    ZeroHunger Challenge
    4.84k followers

    @compostoryorg

    Feb 04, 2014

    MT @FoodShift : Over 1000 signatures and counting! Pls encourage EPA to take on the issue of #FoodWaste: http://t.co/olu4mUv7lk via @Change

    compostory.org
    617 followers

    @LeanPath

    Feb 03, 2014

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    LeanPath
    841 followers

    @CropMobster

    Feb 02, 2014

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    CropMobster™
    824 followers

    @TheLAKitchen

    Jan 21, 2014

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    L.A. Kitchen
    1.39k followers

    @dgunders

    Jan 30, 2014

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    Dana Gunders
    473 followers

    @SayNo2FoodWaste

    Jan 23, 2014

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    Say No To Food Waste
    806 followers

    @WastedFood

    Jan 21, 2014

    40% of food is wasted, while 50 million are hungry. Time to urge EPA to get serious on #foodwaste http://t.co/v2olec49hn

    Jonathan Bloom
    6.3k followers

    @FeedingForward

    Jan 15, 2014

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    Feeding Forward
    291 followers

    @FRNmichigan

    Dec 15, 2013

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    FRNmichigan
    66 followers

    @MooreCharitable

    Dec 19, 2013

    The US throws away 40% of the food it produces. Take action by urging the EPA to implement campaign to end food waste http://t.co/ZDyFfHQrBf

    The Moore Charitable
    188 followers

    @DaniNierenberg

    Jan 04, 2014

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    Danielle Nierenberg
    84.2k followers

    @WJF_Competition

    Jan 06, 2014

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    WilliamJamesFoundatn
    1.59k followers

    @Food_Tank

    Jan 06, 2014

    Help feed people, not landfills. Sign & share the petition to ask the EPA to help end food waste: http://t.co/MSg7J6zlNT

    Food Tank
    38.6k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeannene Moore CARMICHAEL, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      We Americans are a wasteful people. We waste food, water, money and many other things. We can stop this behaviour if we just think about it before we throw anything away.

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    • Kevin Goldberg SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Food waste is an incredibly serious issue that has been largely ignored; it's time to change this.

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    • Kimberly wyke CAMDEN, ME
      • 4 months ago

      Many are starving!

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    • Kristie Katz SIERRA CITY, CA
      • 5 months ago

      40% of food wasted when so many people of our country go with out food. Disgusting!!!!!!! WOW we (americans) are ignorant in ways that absolutely baffle me. Wake up people and be the change you wish to see in the world!

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    • Justine Burt FREMONT, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Food waste is the largest waste stream in my county and a large contributor to climate change. I want to do my part and spread the word.

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