reducing food waste
Is this the right approach in the fight against food waste?
Food waste is everywhere. It's all along the supply chain, from the farm to the manufacturing facility to the bagged lunch your second grader only ate half of before recess, and it happens for all sorts of different reasons.
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.
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!