By MICHAEL STEWARTAssociated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – The United States’ biggest food wholesaler faces a shortage of shelves as the nation’s largest retailer begins to run out of food.
The United States is expected to lose more than 40 million pounds of produce and vegetables this year as farmers scramble to cut down on the harvest, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
The USDA said Tuesday it will begin reducing the amount of fruits and vegetables in its inventory by an average of 30% a year over the next four years as it moves toward the nations goal of halving food waste by 2025.
The agency said the agency expects to begin making more changes to its inventory at its warehouses in the first half of 2021.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it plans to begin removing more than half the fruits and veggies in the nation, which is expected as soon as next year.
The FDA said it will start removing the vegetables and fruits from the inventory of retailers by mid-July.
The agency said it is taking steps to increase the amount it stores of frozen produce and fruits and reduce the amount in the produce portion of its warehouse.
The move comes as the country grapples with a severe food shortage as farmers grapple with a high-anticipated harvest and the potential for massive droughts.
The government is trying to reduce food waste to as low as 30% by 2025 as it attempts to tackle the nation`s worst food crisis in years.
The U.K. government also announced it is reducing the volume of fruit and vegetables it will ship to consumers, while the Us. and other countries are cutting back on their imports.