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Addressing the Excess: Reducing U.S. Food Waste

Monday, October 7
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Austin Convention Center MR 9AB

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Dana Gunders
Natural Resources Defense Council - Project Scientist, Food & Agriculture Program

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Doug Rauch
Urban Food Initiative - Founder/Pres

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Kavita Shukla
Fenugreen - Co-Founder

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Tom Philpott
Mother Jones - Food & ag writer

Summary

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:
Sessions
Category:
Panel/Dual/Solo
Theme:
Food & Agriculture
Tags:
Waste Supply Chain Solution

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