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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.

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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…
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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…

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…
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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.…
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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…

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…
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Italian Scientists Turn Food Waste Into Bioplastics

A group of scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova, Italy are working on ways to create bioplastic from food…
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For Waste Management, Coal Ash Disposal + Food Waste Recycling = Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Waste Management is betting the ranch that new EPA coal ash disposal regulations will provide opportunities to grow its business and create new…
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Food Runners Keeps the Unfortunate Fed in San Francisco

In 1987, Mary Risley founded Food Runners in San Francisco to pick up uneaten food from local businesses to distribute it to charities.

Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Goes Into Effect in October

Massachusetts is test driving a law to deal with food waste. Back in January, state government announced that a statewide ban on commercial…

British Supermarket Powered By Food Waste

The British supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s announced that one of its stores will be powered by its food waste. All of the electricity used…
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Google Partners with U.K. Grocer to Tackle Food Waste

Google has released Sainsbury Food Rescue, a new mobile and Web application tool that provides users with ideas for leftover food.
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Will New Yorkers Jump on Board as the City’s Compost Program Expands?

In the fall of 2012, New York City launched a pilot program to test out the curbside collection of organic waste – food…