Talking Trash: Feds Announce Dramatic Goal To Curb Our Food-Waste Crisis

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It seems the U.S. is getting serious about tackling one of the biggest social and environmental problems that most Americans probably don’t even know exists: the staggering amount of food we waste.

Wednesday’s announcement from top U.S. officials that, for the first time ever, the federal government has set a goal for dramatically cutting our country’s food waste isn’t likely to land at the top of your news feed. Especially not when there’s another Republican circus—er, debate—to endlessly parse. But a 50 percent reduction in U.S. food waste over the next 15 years? That’s huge.

Related Article: Become part of the solution to end this problem – learn 10 Ways To Reduce Food Waste And Save The Planet.

Bear with me for a sec. I remember the early seasons of Mad Men, all those scene-setting moments intended to shock our modern sensibilities. Even beyond the endless parade of three-martini lunches, you had parents blithely smoking in cars with their kids, mothers letting their daughters play with dry cleaning bags, no seat belts, etc. But one thing that really stood out was when the Drapers finished a picnic in the park and Betty promptly upended the blanket to let the family’s post-picnic trash fly everywhere. They then got in their car and drove away.

Thanks in part to a concerted campaign that included the federal government (remember Woodsy the Owl?), most of us wouldn’t even think of tossing our food wrappers out the car window today. Yet we often don’t think twice about tossing our leftovers in the trash.

True, this is about a lot more than getting regular folks to start reheating that casserole lingering in the fridge—there’s a ridiculous amount of food waste to go around.

Related Article: According to a report published by the National Resources Defense Council, the average American throws away about 25 percent of food and beverages purchased. For a family of four, the money wasted likely totals between $1,365 and $2,275. Learn 10 Ways To Stop Food Waste In Your Household.

When the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Dana Gunders first started working on what would become a landmark report about our collective epidemic of food waste three years ago, she recalled thinking, “These numbers can’t be real, because if they were, everyone would know about them.”

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  1.' Mark Hippie Wooten says:

    compost you assholes!!………..

  2.' Paulette Sanchez says:

    This photos looks like grocery store waste…they do throw away alot of food.

  3.' Agnes Tan says:

    How can we distrubute eatable and unfininished food for the needy especially from good restaurants?

  4.' JJ Jones says:

    And the argument that we need GMO’s to feed the world.. Is proven to be a crock again..

  5.' Terrie LaSpesa says:

    Who has gone out and bought apples, oranges or peaches and they taste like SH*T?! It’s no wonder. And all those freaking recalls? Tons and tons of beef, chicken and cucumbers??? Talk about waste! Companies trying to skimp on quality…end up throwing it all away. Horrible waste.

  6.' Willy Watson says:

    Just put a lil salt on it

  7.' Walter Price says:

    Yeah, keep Gunny away from the watermelons. Ha, ha.

  8.' Seth Barthen says:

    All grocery store waste should go through a recycling program to save what is good and feed those who truly need quality food.

  9.' Carol Alexander Malkovich says:


  10.' Eleanor Torres Maldonado says:

    What a senseless waste.

  11.' Aline G Oliveira says:

    And the powder food project? What we are waiting to put it in practice?

  12.' Evan Schmalholz says:

    Stores resturaunts and farms. Only because either customers cant/wont finish what they order and stores and farms that have a size and cksmetic compliance to abide by to be able to make a living

  13.' Evan Schmalholz says:

    Finish your food and always buy soft and “ugly” produce, food is food

  14.' Evan Schmalholz says:

    Eat it

  15.' Bill Handakas says:

    It’s not the left overs from restaurants we are talking about — it’s over production!!!!
    The Big Agra corporations do not enter all their production in the market – because it will decrease the pricing …. They’d rather throw away in landfills than provide for the people who actually need it. They don’t care about the hungry – if they did – instead of this country bombing the world it would send to starving countries in Africa and other places AND feed all the poor in this country – instead of food stamps and other free money — but no one cares …

  16.' Billy Mcgruff says:

    Lower prices

  17.' Stuart Farr says:

    We pay farmers not to farm , we should pay farmers to farmer for the poor

  18.' Leonie Montgomery says:

    Sarah Willetts

  19.' Violeta Lagat says:

    pls. don’t waste your food. many are hungry. save n donate to the needy especially to the refugees.

  20.' Eddie Lawrence Orf says:

    I hate to see wasted food!!!

  21.' Kim Rice says:

    I’d like to see restaurants offer smaller portion plates and charge less for them. Less food waste and a better experience. We don’t all want to take doggy bags home and half the time, in my case, the leftovers go uneaten.

  22.' Elizabeth Brettig says:

    It’s a shame that that the food is not put on a plane and sent to those who need it . Or it could be cooked up and then given to people in need tin the same country. Or to the animals in zoos and on farms. Why not make things in smaller portions and packaging for a lesser price of course so people would have to go out and by more more quickly. It wouldn’t be wasted, or be stale. Why not produce more variety when everyone is planting the same things so adjust to different flavours and tastes, and it also stops less used varieties of foods from disappearing? ( seeds, and etc. )

  23.' Grace Ramoso says:

    I pray you do not waste food because here in my country, you can see so many go hungry.first.people from the province stay in the city because they are.amazed.

  24.' Jan Gupta says:

    Restaurants should allow customers to taste first and then you must eat what you order or you should be fined.

  25.' Deborah Momeyer says:

    unreal real stupid humans

  26.' Sharon Curless Potts says:

    Then why are people/children going hungry?

  27.' Gabrielle Juger says:

    das Monsanto zeugs könnt ihr ruhig wegschmeissen…….

  28.' Clairey Bee Bee says:

    So they would rather throw food in the bin, when there are people who cannot feed themselves and their familys because wages and benifits are too low, OMG , thats like rich people tearing up money in front of homeless , sick!

  29.' Lee Hall says:

    this is not right

  30.' Taylor Young says:

    No one should EVER go hungry!!

  31.' Annemarie Westen says:

    It’s about high time that all that wasting of good food is nipped in the bud…

  32.' Ginkgo Biloba says:

    Colleges throw out all the food students don’t eat from the food and salad bars Everyday.

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