Bruce also urged more sustainable meat production "such as pasture-fed cattle rather than highly intensive grain-fed livestock units." According to the IME report, it takes up to 50 time more water to produce 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of meat than 1 kilogram of vegetables.
The committee called on the U.K. government in its current role as head of the Group of Eight rich nations to raise the issue of biofuels and related matters at a meeting it is hosting Saturday about reducing hunger through nutrition and science, as well as at the G-8 summit June 17-18.
Yesterday, U.S. EPA and the Agriculture Department launched an effort to "lead a fundamental shift in how we think about and manage food and food waste in this country," according to an announcement from USDA. The amount of uneaten food in homes and restaurants in 2008 cost about $390 per U.S. consumer. Americans throw away about 40 percent of their food, said EPA acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe, which turns into methane -- a potent greenhouse gas -- in landfills.
"The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply on earth, but too much of this food goes to waste," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Not only could this food be going to folks who need it -- we also have an opportunity to reduce the amount of food that ends up in America's landfills."
The "Food Waste Challenge" has set a goal of 400 partner organizations by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020. USDA will initiate programs to reduce waste in school meals, educate consumers about food storage and invest in technology to cut food waste. The department will also encourage companies to donate misbranded products and test a new meat composting program with USDA meat testing labs.
EPA will provide participants greater access to data and software to help improve food management practices.
Reporter Tiffany Stecker contributed.
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