New NRDC Issue Paper Explores Inefficiencies in the U.S. Food System
40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten.
It’s a statistic we hear far too often in our industry. And it’s the enormity of the food waste problem that led Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to author a new issue paper titled “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.”
This paper examines the inefficiencies in the U.S. food system. By identifying food losses at every level of the food supply chain, this report provides the latest recommendations and examples of emerging solutions, such as making “baby carrots” out of carrots too bent (or “curvy”) to meet retail standards.
Gunders points out that we have much to learn from the European Union and United Kingdom, where public awareness campaigns and food waste resolutions have achieved marked gains in saving food waste. We also know that within the U.S., food waste is up 50% from what it was in 1970, proving that there’s certainly something that can be done about this issue.
In order to improve resource productivity and start solving this problem, there are 4 groups of change agents that need to take action: the national government, state and local governments, businesses and consumers. By increasing the efficiency of our food system, we can make better use of our natural resources, provide financial saving opportunities along the entire supply chain, and enhance our ability to meet food demand.
To download the paper, click here: http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp