Limiting food waste for sustainability

A professor at Ohio State University is leading an initiative to address food waste in households across the country. 

Brian Roe says the project is funded by a $2.5 million USDA grant.
“Helping households realize the amount of food that they’re wasting is a critical first step,” he says. “There are estimates that the typical household wastes anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 of food each year. And that’s obviously a huge economic incentive for household.”

Roe says households can implement easy practices to help reduce food waste.

“For households to reconsider the way they are purchasing, preparing and then using the food that they purchase and then ideas for how they can reduce that through better planning, shopping, storage and then use of things like leftovers,” he says.

The USDA and the EPA have a goal of cutting our nation’s food waste by 50% by the year 2030. Ohio State University is partnering with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension Service to create a complementary educational support system.

AUDIO: Brian Roe, Ohio State University

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