30 September 2020

Food Loss and Waste

In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. When food is tossed aside, so too are opportunities for improved food security, economic growth, and environmental prosperity. USDA is uniquely positioned to help address the problem of food loss and waste through its programs, policies, and guidance.

Farmers

Take steps to fight food loss in the field and post-harvest.

Businesses

Take steps to fight food waste throughout the supply chain.

Consumers

Learn how to shop smarter and reduce household food waste.

Schools

Find strategies to reduce lunchroom food waste.

Donating

Learn about safe and responsible food donation.

Funding

Find USDA funding for projects and research on food loss and waste.

Food loss and waste has far-reaching impacts on food security and the environment. Reducing it could benefit us all.

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