Ohio State tackles household food waste

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Ohio State University is spearheading a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded initiative to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.

Brian Roe, professor of food, agricultural and environmental sciences at Ohio State University, will oversee a pilot consumer campaign targeting household food-waste reduction. Roe plans to collaborate with Rutgers University to create educational messages and campaign materials. According to Roe, the campaign is part of the USDA’s ongoing efforts to combat food waste, following significant investments, including $57 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“About one-third of all food is never consumed,” Roe pointed out. “This project will try to identify a campaign to help consumers reduce the amount of food they’re wasting so that they can experience the benefits of saving more money and helping out the environment and supporting food security.”

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