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.


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…

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…
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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…

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…

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…