Put an End to Food Waste in the United States

Target: Sonny Perdue, Secretary of United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Assure that the USDA continues pledge to reduce food waste in the United States.

In the United States alone, over 70 billion pounds of food are wasted each year. Compared to Mexico, the US and Canada waste twice as much food per year. The U.S. wastes up to 40 percent of food that is produced in the country. A large portion of the food that is thrown away comes from us, the consumers. This food ends up in landfills and incinerators when it could be used to feed the hungry.

Although the USDA, EPA, and FDA have made a lot of progress since joining together to create the “Food Recovery Challenge,” it is not enough. The program needs to continue for the next 12 years, and we cannot allow the program to be cut. The Food Recovery Challenge was designed to stop 50 percent of food sent to landfills by 2030. The focus of this program is to produce less, feed the hungry, feed animals, use food for industrial uses, or as compost, and the last resort should be landfills and incineration. We need this Food Recovery Challenge in order to stop the waste of food in the United States. Demand that the USDA uphold its pledge.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Perdue,

The pledge that the United States Department of Agriculture made to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030 needs to be sustained. The initiative that the USDA has taken is extremely important, and the Food Recovery Challenge needs to continue in order to reduce food waste in the United States.

The United States wastes 70 billion pounds of food each year. This food could be used for feeding the hungry, feeding animals, industrial uses, or as compost. Programs such as the Food Recovery Challenge are essential in the process of reducing food waste and cannot be cut. Ensure the USDA continues this program, and food waste is cut 50 percent by 2030.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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