Food Waste Solutions: 11 Initiatives Tackling US Food Waste Problem [Video]

An estimated 30 to 40% of all the food produced in America goes to waste each year, with tens of millions of pounds of food waste ending up in landfills. But quite a bit of this food waste can be either reclaimed or reduced, by simply diverting it from the landfill into making compost instead, or by reusing it because it’s still edible, or by reducing the amount of waste generated in kitchens and food prep facilities.

This piece looks at a number of businesses and initiatives that are taking on the challenge of America’s food waste problem and converting it into a business or cost-saving measure for their organization.

[repostus]11 Businesses & Initiatives Launched to Address Food Waste [Video] (via sustainablog)

As we’ve noted many, many times before, we waste an awful lot of food: in fact, it’s the biggest component of the US’ solid waste stream. As we’ve also noted many, many times before, challenges like these inspire creative thinking. This past…

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  • The large amount of food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. We should address the food waste problem in every link in our food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste.
    The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain.
    Why not encourage efficient consumer shopping by offering him automatic and dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill?
    The new open GS1 DataBar standard enables automatic applications that offer dynamic incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates.
    The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on the open GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue, makes fresh food affordable for all families and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste site.

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