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.

Mario Batali (right) will try his hand at making beer out of bruised fruit.

Mario Batali, Sam Calagione Partner to Make Beer from Food Waste

Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, will launch a new Web series on Oct. 28. The first episode, featuring celebrity chef Mario…
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PHA Bioplastic: The best possible use of food waste

How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is…
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The Food Waste Fight Needs New Publicity

Perhaps the misappropriation of the word 'waste' to describe perfectly edible food is where we can begin to re-tool the way we think…
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Feds Set First National Food Waste Reduction Goal

Food waste may seem like a strange issue to tackle, but uneaten food makes up 21 percent of our landfills and accounts for…
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Food Waste, Foster Kids and a Social Revolution

One social enterprise and nonprofit decided to take food waste and create a culinary school to teach felons and foster care youth how…
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Multinationals Collaborate to Halve Food Waste

At its annual Global Summit in New York City last week, the Consumer Goods Forum announced a bold resolution to tackle food waste.…
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France Bans Large Supermarkets From Wasting Food

In search of a way to curb hunger, France becomes the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. The initiative…
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Food Waste is the New Haute Cuisine

Food waste is one of the most pressing social and environmental justice issues of our time, and innovators and entrepreneurs are jumping in…
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Imperfect Foods Wants You to Buy Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

For those of us who are or have indulged in gardening, misshapen fruits and vegetables can be one of the joys of growing…
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Used Cooking Oil Wreaks Havoc on Sewers

Improper disposal of used cooking oil is harmful to the environment and can cause structural damage. However, certain organizations have stepped up to…
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…