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Food Waste Prevention Week Aims to Raise Awareness About Unused Food

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CDFA, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the Strategic Growth Council, the California reduce food waste signDepartment of Public Health, and other partners, is pleased to announce March 5-9, 2018, as “Food Waste Prevention Week” in California.

Forty percent of all food waste occurs at the individual or household level, and 90 percent of Americans throw away food too soon due to unfamiliarity with confusing expiration date labels.  According to ReFED, a nonprofit specializing in reducing food waste in the United States, 52 million tons of food is sent to landfills annually. As it sits, food decomposes and releases methane – a climate pollutant 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period.

Food Waste Prevention Week aims to raise awareness and educate California consumers on how they can limit food waste in their homes, workplaces and communities.

Some solutions might include reducing portion size, seeking out imperfect produce, or asking for composting bins to be installed at an office or community center.

Secretary Ross discusses Food Waste Prevention Week

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by CDFA Office of Public Affairs