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Food Loss and Waste in the US: The Science Behind the Supply Chain

Roughly 40% of the United States food supply is never eaten. Food waste generated when people discard food in their homes and in the foodservice industry accounts for 60% of food loss. This loss is mostly avoidable and provides an opportunity to improve the food system. Targeted efforts can benefit consumers directly (e.g., in their pocket books) and can ultimately help to reduce food insecurity and the environmental impacts of agriculture. The following brief outlines the causes behind food loss and waste; lists initiatives to reduce such loss and waste; and provides further recommendations to address this important issue.

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Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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