Addressing the Excess: Reducing U.S. Food Waste
Monday, October 7
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Austin Convention Center MR 9AB
Natural Resources Defense Council - Project Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program
Urban Food Initiative - Founder/Pres
Fenugreen - Co-Founder
Mother Jones - Food & ag writer
Imagine walking out of the grocery store with three bags full of food, dropping one entire bag, and not bothering to pick it up. Seems crazy, but that’s essentially what we are doing throughout the U.S., where about 40 percent of all food goes uneaten.
Each year Americans are throwing away the equivalent of $165 billion in food, making food the single largest component of solid waste in our landfills. Yup, the lettuce that went bad, the leftovers you never got around to eating, and the science experiment in the back of the fridge you’re hoping your husband will clean up one day—they all add up. It’s even more crazy when you consider that one of six Americans is food insecure, and that we dedicate over half our land area and 80 percent of our water to agriculture.
- Event Type:
- Food & Agriculture
- Waste Supply Chain Solution
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