To help galvanise US efforts to reduce food loss and waste, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first US food loss and waste reduction goal in September 2015.
The first 15 champions to pledge to the target include global companies such as Kellogg, General Mills and PepsiCo.
Diane Holdorf, chief sustainability officer, Kellogg said: – “As a global food company, we have a significant role to play in helping end hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. In support of the Sustainable Development Goals, Kellogg is committed to helping reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030.
“In support of the Sustainable Development Goals, Kellogg is committed to helping reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030.”
“Already, Kellogg has reduced waste sent to landfill by more than 60 percent since 2005, including food waste. We remain committed to ensuring edible food waste is donated to feed people in need, when appropriate. Through our signature hunger relief purpose platform, Breakfasts for Better Days, we’re committed to fighting hunger and feeding potential.
“We also will continue our partnerships to develop sustainable agriculture programmes with smallholder farmers that help prevent post-harvest loss in major ingredients relevant to Kellogg.”
Jerry Lynch, chief sustainability officer at General Mills, said: “As a global food company, it’s imperative to take thoughtful action to combat food waste. We will continue to advance our role in helping to reduce food insecurity, reduce the needless churn of the planet’s resources used to produce food that is then thrown away, and eliminating the cost from food that is ultimately wasted.
“We are committed to doing our part–socially, environmentally and financially–and we support the USDA and EPA’s continued leadership efforts to escalate the importance of food waste reduction.”
Dr Mehmood Khan, vice chairman and chief scientific officer of global research and development, PepsiCo, said: “Companies like ours have an important role to play in supporting the communities where we live and work, including cutting food waste in our operations and finding new ways to put more nutritious food in the hands of those who are hungry and undernourished.”