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This past January, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to minimize food waste by 50 percent by 2020 and designated 2014 as the “European year against food waste.”  Members of the European Parliament have called improving the efficiency of our food technique and minimizing food wastage “a matter of urgency,” stating that:
The most crucial issue in the future will be to tackle elevated demand for food, as it will outstrip provide. We can no longer afford to stand idly by whilst perfectly edible food is becoming wasted. This is an ethical but also an financial and social dilemma, with large implications for the atmosphere.
Additionally, the United Kingdom government has helped conduct a public awareness campaign known as Adore Food Hate Waste that plastered London with fancy billboards encouraging people to waste much less food.
And what has the U.S. government done to tackle food waste? Close to absolutely nothing.
Okay, that’s not
completely accurate.  For the duration of Planet War II, the U.S. government had a enormous campaign, with posters that nonetheless make for very good kitchen decorations, to discourage wasted food in order to save food for the army.  One particular of my favorites is “When you take far more than you can consume, you cheat your buddies in the fleet.”
But considering that then, there hasn’t been a complete lot of action.  The EPA runs a laudable-for-its-meager-budget Food Recovery Challenge that supplies recognition and shares ideal practices for organizations preventing and recovering food waste.  There’s also one team at USDA who, as only portion of their responsibilities, collects some info about food losses at the retail and consumer levels of the supply chain.  Other than that, the government’s involvement is quite barren.
Our neighbors across the pond show us we’ve got a lot of catching up to do in terms of prioritizing food waste reduction at a national level. It is due time for the U.S. government to act on the food waste crisis with actual urgency and leadership as nicely.