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How to think about the new UN climate report

Posted by Sam Smith, Director of Marketing on August 8, 2019

It is very hard to read the latest UN report on climate change. Not technically challenging - it’s written in very clear, stark language - but emotionally difficult. The problems are so big, so daunting, it’s hard to keep it all in your head at once. So it’s worth remembering as we are faced again with the enormity of the problem, that the way to deal with any big challenge is to break it down into manageable pieces, and focus on those. For foodservice kitchens, the manageable piece of the climate challenge is preventing food waste.

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Topics: Food Waste Policy

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

US agencies announce collaboration to fight food waste

Posted by Sam Smith, Director of Marketing on April 11, 2019

In the United States, 30 to 40 percent of all available food is wasted. Food is the nation’s single largest type of waste. Three U.S. federal agencies have announced a coordinated strategy to address the crisis.

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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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U.S. Increases Focus on Food Waste Regulations. 80 Bills Introduced Last Year Alone.

Posted by Steven Finn, Vice President of Food Waste Prevention. on March 16, 2018

Eighty state-level, food-waste related bills were introduced in the United States last year, according to research by Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic. While tracking is spotty prior to 2017, the clinic believes this represents a strong uptick.

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Topics: Food Waste Policy