Target: Ashley Zanolli, employee at the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Applaud the efforts of an EPA worker to create a program that helps reduce food waste in the United States
A pilot program for reducing the amount of food waste in the United States was launched in a few cities in the United States recently, and is being tested by families to gauge its effectiveness before rolling out nationwide. Ashley Zanolli, a worker at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helped to create the sustainable waste program, “Food: Too Good To Waste,” in order to combat the prevalent issue of Americans wasting million of tons of food per year.
Most of the food waste accumulated in the United States comes from restaurants, homes, stores, and schools. Food waste is the largest source of waste in landfills, trumping other types of waste such as paper and plastic. According to the EPA, food waste makes up approximately 20 percent of municipal landfill waste.
There are various reasons for food waste. Farm crops sometimes do not get harvested, food products don’t meet cosmetic standards and are thrown away, restaurants make more food than they sell, and grocery stores throw away staling food to keep the store items fresh. Some experts on food waste believe that the attitude towards the expendability of food is the main culprit behind the reasons for food waste. Consumers know they can afford to waste food, since it is relatively cheap, and they have a lackadaisical attitude toward food purchase and food waste overall.
The “Food: Too Good To Waste” program measures the amount of food directly wasted by individual households. Due to the opacity of individual food waste, consumers may not focus on their own impact on food waste and blame others for contributing in greater amounts to this problem. The program puts the individuals’ food waste in perspective, and offers tips on how to reduce food waste, such as dedicating a shelf in the fridge for food that expires relatively quickly.
By signing the petition below, you are praising Ashley Zanolli and the “Food: Too Good To Waste” program that she helped to create, in order to decrease the amount of food wasted by households in the United States. Food waste is a prevalent issue, especially considering that one in seven families is struggling with hunger while their wealthier neighbors waste food in abhorrent excesses.
Dear Ashley Zanolli,
Reading about the launch of the pilot program “Food: Too Good To Waste” was heartening, in that the issue of food waste is being addressed from the household level. Most consumers may not realize how much food they are actually wasting, and this program will certainly put this in perspective for food consumers.
Food waste is a rampant issue, especially considering that one in seven families does not receive adequate food while their wealthier neighbors waste food in abhorrent excesses. The tips on how to reduce food waste will no doubt provide easy-to-follow guidelines for the consumers, and assist in the overall aim of the program.
Thank you again for helping to create this wonderful program. I look forward to hearing about positive changes resulting from this program.
[Your Name Here]
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