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Dairy Facts 2016

Food Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that approximately 21 percent of the waste that reaches landfills and incinerators is food.  A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study estimates that dairy products make up approximately 17 percent those wasted foods.  For all foods, it is estimated that $161.6 billion of foods were thrown away in 2010.  In order to combat this, USDA and EPA have teamed up with communities, organizations, and businesses to cut food waste in half by the year 2030.   It is estimated that 44 percent of food waste is generated by consumers at home and another 40 percent at retail.

Because this issue has the potential to increase U.S. food security and sustainability, many stakeholders across government, the food industry, and leading consumer and academic institutions that have made commitments to address the causes of food waste and find solutions to reduce it.

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