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.

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To Combat Food Waste, EU Seeks Change of ‘Best Before’ Dates

In the EU, annual food waste amounts to approximately 90 million tons. Now governments want to do something about "Best Before" labeling.
Landfills are dominated by food waste that produces methane as it rots, a gas 25 times more harmful to our environment than carbon dioxide. (Click to enlarge)

Waste Not, Want Not: How Reducing Food Waste Can Help Address Climate Change

Unbeknownst to many consumers food waste is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Almost half of all food is thrown…
The Radchenko-Halabi family of New York City pose with one week’s worth of their household’s trash, as part of Glad’s Waste in Focus project. Recyclables are on the left-hand side of the photo, and items destined for the landfill are on the right.

Can Glad Start a National Conversation on Waste?

How much waste do you throw away every day? That’s the question the Glad Products Co. hopes people will ask themselves after viewing…
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Interview: Brandon Tidwell on Darden Restaurants’ 2013 Citizenship Update

TriplePundit chats with Brandon Tidwell, manager of sustainability for Darden Restaurants, about the company's 2013 Citizenship Update and where it's headed when it…
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Upcycling Food Waste into Fertilizer: Q&A with California Safe Soil

You’ve heard of recycling leftover food scraps into a soil amendment for farms, but now a California startup is transforming food waste from…
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New York City to Use Food Waste to Heat Homes

New York City will reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills by converting it into energy.
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Cleveland Browns Roll Out New Food Waste-to-Energy System

Cleveland Browns showcase food waste-to-energy system that reclaims food waste and manure for conversion to biogas, and the rest of NFL will hopefully…
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How Restaurants Can Enhance Branding by Cutting Down on Food Waste

Despite all the attention traditionally given to leftovers, food scraps, uneaten crusts of bread, our consumers seem to be especially concerned about food…

Interview: Talking to Darden Restaurants on Sustainable Seafood

Darden has already almost met recent goals to reduce water and energy use by 15% by 2015. I talked to Brandon a bit…

Former Trader Joe’s President Opens Store Selling Expired Food

Doug Rauch, the former president of Trader Joe’s, is opening a store in Dorchester, Massachusetts that sells food items with recently expired dates.

Food Waste Has a Big Impact on Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity

The carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten is estimated at 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases: making food wastage the world's…

Reforming the Date Labeling System Will Reduce Food Waste

One key way to reduce food waste in the U.S. is through reforming the date labeling system, according to a new report by…
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Is There a Business Case for Selling Ugly Fruit and Vegetables?

When was the last time you bought ugly fruit or vegetables? A misshapen cucumber, a deformed carrot, or a discolored zucchini? You probably…
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Kroger Converts Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Kroger's "anaerobic digester" in Compton, CA, takes in food waste and pumps out biogas, providing power for its campus and distribution center.
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Now is a Good Time to Hop on the Food Waste Bandwagon

New programs and new technologies are giving businesses new opportunities to turn food waste from a liability to an asset.