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Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention.

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It’s Earth Overshoot Day. Not a cause for celebration.

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on July 29, 2019

Today, July 29, is Earth Overshoot Day.  It’s a critically important day for everyone interested in advancing food waste reduction and ensuring a sustainable future.

Earth Overshoot Day represents the point in the year where humanity’s demand for ecological resources (our collective ecological footprint) exceeds the Earth’s ability to supply them (biocapacity). The Global Footprint Network maintains the annual calculation of Earth Overshoot which has, unfortunately, been moving steadily forward (i.e. earlier in the calendar) over time. In 1989, for example, Earth Overshoot Day fell on October 11, while this year it is occurring more than two months earlier, the earliest, in fact, it’s ever fallen. That movement – more than two months in just 20 years -- is cause for great concern because it indicates the accelerated rate at which we are taxing our planet’s finite resources. It isn’t sustainable.

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Topics: Announcements, Food Waste Policy

40 Million pounds of food waste prevented in 5 years

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on July 11, 2019

Leanpath has long been dedicated to scaling food waste prevention.  This is reflected in our mission – to make food waste prevention and measurement everyday practice in the world’s kitchens. 

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Topics: Announcements

Food Waste "Prevention" vs "Recovery" - Words Matter

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on March 28, 2019

Words matter, and just as it’s important to distinguish between terms such as food loss, food waste, and excess food, it’s also important to distinguish between “recovery” and “prevention” -- because the initiatives and impacts are very different.

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Topics: Food Waste Policy

2 Birds 1 Stone: Preventing Food Waste Prevents Plastic Waste

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on November 29, 2018

 

Food waste has received substantial global attention in the last 4-5 years, as well it should. Along with food waste, plastic waste is now the subject of enormous global focus – and deservedly so.

As with food waste, the scale of plastic waste – and its environmental impact – is truly alarming.  These twin challenges are linked: A great deal of plastic waste is related to food, and much of it ends up in landfills, rivers, and the oceans.

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Topics: Latest News, Food Waste Prevention Newsletter, Food Waste News

U.S. Government Ratifies Commitment to Food Waste Reduction

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on October 25, 2018

In a highly visible gathering at the USDA in Washington D.C. the U.S. government increased its focus on the food waste challenge, launching its “Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative” – headlined by the signing of a formal agreement by the leaders of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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