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USA: 1/3 of food wasted

USA: 1/3 of food wasted

More than a third of the food produced in the United States is discarded. That’s according to a report from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, which said the nation is falling far short of the 2015 target of halving waste by 2030.

Food waste represents billions in value and puts the climate at risk, with much of the waste ending up in landfills, where the greenhouse gas methane is produced, the EPA will in a report Quoted by Reuters news agency.

She said that while the United States is striving to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, changes in the food system are necessary. However, even if fossil fuel emissions are stopped, current trends in the diet will prevent this goal from being achieved. According to a Reuters report, researchers estimate the food loss in the United States at between 73 and 152 million tons annually. These are enough calories to feed more than 150 million people a year.

In 2015, the US Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a joint goal of halving food waste by 2030 compared to 2010. In 2010, 31 percent of the food supply was wasted and that number has not decreased until today. The federal government has so far invested very little in the subject, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.