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Food Loss and Waste

In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. When food is tossed aside, so too are opportunities for improved food security, economic growth, and environmental prosperity. USDA is uniquely positioned to help address the problem of food loss and waste through its programs, policies, and guidance.

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Take steps to fight food loss in the field and post-harvest.

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Take steps to fight food waste throughout the supply chain.

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Learn how to shop smarter and reduce household food waste.

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Find strategies to reduce lunchroom food waste.

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Learn about safe and responsible food donation.

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Find USDA funding for projects and research on food loss and waste.

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Why should we care about food waste?

Food loss and waste has far-reaching impacts on food security and the environment. Reducing it could benefit us all.

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