The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have issued a food waste-reduction challenge to those across the food chain, including growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers and even other government agencies.
Under the Food Waste Challenge, voluntary participants will reduce, recover and recycle food waste, according to a news release.
So far, several entities have already signed on, including Rio Farmers, Unilever and General Mills.
The United States wastes between 30 percent and 40 percent of its food supply, or roughly 133 billion pounds, according to estimates.
The value of uneaten food in homes and restaurants in 2008, the last year for which figures are available, was about $390 per consumer.
The goal of the challenge is to draft 400 partners by 2015 and 1,000 by 2020.
For its part, the USDA will look to reduce waste in school meal programs, educate consumers about food waste and develop new technologies to cut waste.
The department also will work with the industry to increase donations of imported produce that doesn't meet quality standards.
EPA will provide participants with access to data management software and technical assistant to help them quantify and improve their food management practices.