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Food production is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution and habitat destruction. Because of this, Michigan’s goal is to reach 100% carbon neutrality by 2050, and an important recommendation to this is to reduce food waste by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is trying to help by raising awareness and implementing projects to reduce food waste. Three of the projects EGLE is working on are: Michigan Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON), and NextCycle Michigan Accelerator: Food, Liquids, & Organics Waste Systems (FLOWS). These programs are working to create a plan to reduce waste and also raise awareness about food waste to individuals and families. FLOWS even collaborates with teams such as businesses and universities to raise awareness.

Staveland, Julie. "EGLE Highlights Food Waste Programs, Resources on International Day of Awareness." SOM - State of Michigan, 29 Sept. 2023,