Sustainable Management of Food is a systematic approach that seeks to reduce wasted food and its associated impacts over the entire life cycle, starting with the use of natural resources, manufacturing, sales, and consumption and ending with decisions on recovery or final disposal.
The Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food.
Reducing wasted food will help the United States address climate change, as 20 percent of total U.S. methane emissions come from landfills.
By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.
This factsheet provides statistics about food loss and waste and outlines the actions EPA is taking to help reduce food waste in the United States.
The Food Matters Action Kit contains over 70 activities to engage youth in preventing food waste. Activities can be done individually or in a series, in any order that suits learning themes for your class or organization.
The U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map supports nationwide diversion of excess food from landfills.
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.