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.
In our beauty-obsessed society, we demonize anything less than perfect, including fruits and vegetables. “Ugly” food is the
While grocery shopping one day, I realized I’d spent close to 30 minutes just in the produce section, meticulously choosing
Here's Where the Rot Really Stinks The other two-thirds of all food wasted globally happens at the production and distribution
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!
The new FLW Standard establishes consistent definitions, requirements, and guidelines on what companies need to measure and
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.
"Perhaps there could be a way to compost for credits toward fresh produce. Really, New Yorkers need to buy what they can consume and stop producing so much waste in the first place."
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.
The subject of food waste has never been more popular, generating vigorous discussions about the amount of edible food that ends in the trash. How we create and think about our trash - like food waste - has evolved with the growth of our consumer economy.
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!
Two and a half years ago, when I announced my intention to give away $1000 a day to an individual change-maker, every day for the rest of my life, people thought I was nuts.