reducing food waste
The consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail industries recognize consumers are confused about date labels, which is contributing to food waste, and are working to clear up this confusion while also ensuring the solutions work for both consumers and businesses.
In our beauty-obsessed society, we demonize anything less than perfect, including fruits and vegetables. “Ugly” food is the
With nations around the world starting to design programs to meet COP21 climate commitments, now is the time to address food
Image a little small piglet. Or a lamb. Or a cute chick or a rabbit. Imagine looking those animals straight in their eyes and telling them that they will grow up with a sole purpose of being slaughtered and tossed in the trash. What a terrible waste of lives.
According to recent studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, the value of our wasted food at the retail and consumer levels is $160 billion dollars per year. On a caloric basis, this amounts to 1250 calories per person - 61% as much as we actually eat!
At each stage of the value chain, Nestlé analyzed all potential causes of wastage using the FLW Standard. Results were impressive
There's an assumption that beauty and quality are connected by an unbreakable bond. Ugly fruits and vegetables are surrounded by negative stereotypes that breed fear and suspicion.
There are a number of time-consuming kitchen tasks that are not fun (or at least I do not think they are fun) -- washing dishes, cleaning gritty greens, planning meals. Peeling apples, on the other hand, is time-consuming yet enjoyable. It's meditative, almost.
Why not take these few simple steps now to reduce your food waste to help our existing and future water woes (and your wallet)?
I started volunteering with Earth Matter several years ago because I was drawn to the chickens, rabbits and goats. Aggressive squirrels, threatening rats and dive-bombing pigeons made up most of my wildlife interactions in NYC, and I longed to be around creatures more friendly and fun.
We asked which visionary grassroots leader most inspired you -- and thousands of people answered. The winner of the 2015 Pollination Project Visionary Award is Padmanaban Gopalan, who started an ingenious effort to feed the hungry and reduce trash in Coimbatore, India.
Do you know that roughly 26% of all produce is wasted in the United States before it hits the store because grocers choose to adhere to strict cosmetic standards for fruits and vegetables--meaning that pretty produce rules!