Feeding Food Wastes to Livestock
Robert Myer and Holly Johnson
University of Florida
Many food wastes have a high nutritional value, and recycling them for animal feed can be a viable waste disposal option.What are Food Wastes?The term “food waste” used in this fact sheet is applied to wasted food from the food service industry (i.e. restaurants) and grocery stores. These wastes include plate waste (scrapings), food leftovers, kitchen wastes, spoiled food, expired food, mislabeled food, etc. Other terms to describe these wastes include food residuals, plate waste and kitchen scraps. Two older terms, “garbage” and “swill,” are still used, but the livestock and waste management industries prefer not to use these older terms.