food waste

Helping business end hunger and create opportuniy

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, as much as one third of global food production goes unconsumed – most often wasted in landfill and rubbish bins – while many people go hungry. The good news is that businesses, governments and individuals are working to find ways to distribute food more efficiently, to ensure that what goes un-eaten is properly composted, and to provide improved livelihood and opportunity for people.

The articles on this page are the stories of these groups and individuals.

Original Unverpackt co-founder Sara Wolf (left) packs up some perfectly-portioned bulk buys.

3p Weekend: 10 Companies That Are Rethinking Food Waste

Food waste is a staggering global problem: Roughly a third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion…
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Eliminating the Food-to-Landfill Pipeline, One Business at a Time

Behavioral change at the consumer and commercial levels can be the key to significantly decreasing the amount of compostable food waste sent to…
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The Path to Mandated Municipal Composting

Municipal-scale food waste composting is available in only a handful of cities. So, why isn’t composting mandatory in cities and towns? At least…
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Canadian Grocer Loblaw to Sell ‘Ugly Fruit’

A Canadian grocer, Loblaw, is selling misshapen fruit and potatoes at some of its outlets in Ontario and Quebec.
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Seattle Shames Residents Who Ignore Composting Law

The city of Seattle is trying a strong-armed tactic to enforce its composting law, in an effort to boost food waste recycling in…
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The Key to Reducing Food Waste

Food waste is a big problem and one that a certain type of consumers hold the keys to reducing.
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Seeking Creative Ways to Deal with Food Waste at Hospitals

Hospitals struggle with food waste for numerous reasons, but a company producing anaerobic digesters believes it has a solution.
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Renewable Energy ‘Poop Bus’ Begins Operating in the U.K.

Public transport powered by human waste and sewage could be coming to a bus stop near you before too long. In fact it’s…
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The Sports Industry: Feeding More Than Just Ticket Holders

Wasted food is a major ecological issue; in sports venues, uneaten food is finding its way to hungry people and even being turned…
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Food Cowboy Lassoes Food Waste

Food Cowboy uses mobile technology “to safely route surplus food from wholesalers and restaurants to food banks and soup kitchens instead of to…
Volunteers from Barclays repack squash into pantry bags at City Harvest's Food Rescue Facility in Long Island City.

Why Don’t More Businesses Donate Excess Food?

Though the reasons vary for restaurants and stores choosing not to donate their leftovers, the main cause is a “misunderstanding of how food…
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Solving Food Waste and Hunger Through Food Rescue

City Harvest collects excess food, both prepared and uncooked, from restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and grocery stores -- any commercial or nonprofit organization that…
An enthusiastic Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, gives her keynote presentation "Sustainable Seas: The Vision and the Reality" at the 2014 SXSW Eco Conference.

Seen and Heard at SXSW Eco: Day 2

In a whirlwind lineup of events, panelists discussed everything from sustainable seafood and reducing waste to urban mobility and protecting the honeybee population.…
Energy Vision President Joanna D. Underwood (left) at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday.

Note to U.N. Climate Delegates: Don’t Forget Renewable Natural Gas

Natural gas critics and boosters alike are missing something important: the advent of a fuel called renewable natural gas (RNG), which is chemically…
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Seattle Assesses Fine to Homeowners for Wasting Food

We waste a whopping 36 million tons of food a year, says the EPA. This year, states and cities are using that statistic…