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A decade of action: 10 years to halve global food waste

Posted by Steven M. Finn on January 21, 2020

 

 

The new year is a time when we reflect on lessons learned and set new goals with renewed energy and focus.  These themes seem particularly relevant as we enter 2020 – the beginning of a decade of action for hitting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and, specifically, for hitting Target 12.3, that audacious goal of cutting global food waste in half by 2030.  A goal that, if achieved, will directly benefit many of the other 16 Sustainable Development Goals due to the central nature of food in our lives and the many linkages between food waste and global emissions, water, soil health, plastics, oceans, and biodiversity.

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Topics: Food Waste Strategies, Food Waste Policy

Reducing food waste at the salad bar

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on January 9, 2020

Salad bars are vital in high-volume operations. The salad bar concept allows the kitchen to feed a lot of guests with the least amount of labor cost. It gives guests the ability to customize their meals. It offers chefs a way to utilize and repurpose ingredients in a creative and efficient manner. There are many positives to salad bars, but standard displays and operating procedures can also lead to massive amounts of food waste.

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Topics: Kitchen Culture, Food Waste Strategies

Celebrating 2019: 15 million meals kept from the bin

Posted by Leanpath on December 20, 2019

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We had a lot to be grateful for this year. Working with thousands of kitchens around the world, we empowered frontline foodservice workers to prevent over 18 million pounds of food waste, which translates to 15 million meals saved from the bin. Preventing food waste also prevents greenhouse gas emissions from that food waste. Leanpath partners kept over 58 thousand metric tonnes of C02 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

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Topics: Announcements

8 objections to food waste measurement, and how to respond

Posted by Leanpath on December 20, 2019

In order to meet the UN goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030 we need to accelerate adoption of food waste measurement and behavior change around the world. That means understanding the fears and concerns of companies that have the largest potential impact and responding to them with expertise. The Food Loss & Waste Protocol released a conversational whitepaper identifying top objections to measuring food waste with recommendations on how to move the conversation forward. Here is a summary of the top objections to measuring food waste and strategies to overcome them - for a deeper read including case studies, check out the full FLW Protocol publication here.

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Topics: Kitchen Culture, Food Waste Strategies, Food Waste Policy

Reducing food waste during the holiday season

Posted by Robb White, CEC CCA AAC; Executive Chef & Food Waste Prevention Catalyst on December 16, 2019

The holidays can be tough on the planet. Road trips and flights to visit family. Christmas gifts shrouded in plastic. A lot of consumption and waste. As culinary professionals our focus this time of year is on guests and food. We are in the unique position on the front line to make the changes to combat the global food waste problem and be part of the solution. A  lot of food gets wasted this time of year, so what can you do about it? 

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Topics: Food Waste Strategies