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Maura Bennett Reducing Food Waste
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: October 29, 2018

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A new initiative with USDA and public and private partners continues the work to reduce food loss and food waste. The initiative “Winning on Reducing Food Waste” is a boost to efforts began in 2015 that sought to reduce food waste in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2030.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue explained how they hope to meet that goal and welcomed a few companies new to the mission.

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Perdue was joined recently by leaders of the EPA and the Food and Drug Administration to underscore the importance of cooperation with other agencies in meeting the initiative’s food waste reduction goals.

Efforts are well underway to reduce food waste in Colorado.

In Colorado, a 3 year old for profit company FoodMaven based in Colorado Springs, has a mission to keep food out of landfills. The company has created an online marketplace for high quality, local and oversupplied food offered at a discount to restaurants and institutional kitchens.

It recently announced it will expand its offices to Dallas-Ft Worth.

Non-profits such as Denver’s We Don’t Waste, Boulder’s Food Rescue and local staffers of Food Donation Connection are all working to get healthy surplus food to hungry families.

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