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It is estimated that forty percent of all the food produced in the U.S. is wasted. If that 40 percent were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the United States and China. If it were brought down to zero, as much as 11 percent of greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated.

The best way to prevent waste may be to stop surpluses from occurring in the first place, but that begins when you scrape less off your plate or from your refrigerator. We could reduce the deforestation involved in providing acreage for animals to graze and crops to grow to feed those animals. We could reduce the energy needed to heat, cool, water and care for them, not to mention the labor, the transport and the packaging.

Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and approximately 300 million barrels of oil per year.

In addition, as we bring food waste to rot in landfills, it is producing substantial quantities of methane – a gas with 25 fold more potent global warming potential than CO2

This is another area in which we can make an impact. We can plan more carefully before we buy. 


Food waste makes up ‘half’ of global food system emissions

By Orla Dwyer 03/18/23
Greenhouse gases resulting from rotted and otherwise wasted food accounts for around half of all global food system emissions, according to a new study.
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L.A. now picks up your compostable food scraps. Here’s what you have to do

By Karen Garcia 01/23/23
The wait is finally over for city of Los Angeles residents wanting to comply with California’s food waste mandate. The Bureau of Sanitation announced Jan. 16 that residents citywide should dispose of their banana peels…
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L.A. now picks up your compostable food scraps. Here’s what you have to do

By Karen Garcia 01/23/23
The wait is finally over for city of Los Angeles residents wanting to comply with California’s food waste mandate.
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How Central Ohio Got People to Eat Their Leftovers

By Susan Shain 01/02/23
The average U.S. household wastes nearly a third of the food it buys. This community is nudging its residents to change their habits....
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Fuel made from ramen, dishes from coffee grounds: Japan rethinks food waste

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Others 12/09/22
Though it throws out about 90 pounds of food per person every year, Japan doesn’t rank at the top of the world’s list of waste offenders. Still, what’s discarded represents a serious problem for an…
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Queens curbside organics pilot diverts 1 million pounds of waste in just two weeks

By Ben Brachfeld 10/19/22
The city’s universal curbside organics collection pilot in Queens has yielded more than 1 million pounds of food and yard waste in just two weeks of operation, diverting the refuse from landfills to instead be…
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BP Bets $4 Billion On Green Landfill Gas, Yielding Another Fat Payday For The ‘Shalennial’ Rice Brothers

By Christopher Helman 10/18/22
BP yesterday agreed to buy landfill gas producer Archaea Energy for $3.3 billion cash plus the assumption of $800 million in debt. The biggest winner is Daniel Rice IV, the 41-year-old chairman of Archaea, who…
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Inside the Global Effort to Keep Perfectly Good Food Out of the Dump

By Somini Sengupta 10/13/22
In Seoul, garbage cans automatically weigh how much food gets tossed in the trash. In London, grocers have stopped putting date labels on fruits and vegetables to reduce confusion about what is still edible. California…
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How To Store Fresh Produce To Reduce Food Waste

By Earth911 08/16/22
When you think about climate change, food waste might not be the first issue that comes to mind. But over two-thirds of household food is lost or wasted — a staggering amount — and approximately…
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Scientists say landfills release more planet-warming methane than previously thought

By The Associated Press 08/11/22
Landfills are releasing far more planet-warming methane into the atmosphere from the decomposition of waste than previously thought, a study suggests. Scientists used satellite data from four major cities worldwide — Delhi and Mumbai in…
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This Maine farm converts truckloads of food waste to electricity. It still could be taking more

By Charlie Eichacker and Esta Pratt-Kielley 07/21/22
Open a garbage can in a Maine home, and you’re likely to find some icky surprises: banana peels, coffee grounds, moldy bagels, chunks of chicken. Uneaten food makes up almost 30% of what Mainers throw…
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Food waste costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year

By Chloe Sorvino 07/14/22
Every year, $400 billion ends up in dumpsters, and because it cuts into corporate profits, companies can treat it as tax deductible.
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Save Food Help The Planet

We dream of a planet with no food waste, and every day we’re working on making that a reality. Our app is the most direct way for you to get involved - just download, log…

A Call To Action On Us Food Loss & Waste Policy

The Zero Food Waste Act introduced by Representatives Julia Brownley (CA), Ann McLane Kuster (NH), Chellie Pingree (ME), and Senator Cory Booker (NJ) would advance a core element of the Food Loss and Waste Action Plan.…

Food Waste in America in 2021

Before COVID-19, it was estimated 35 million people across America — including 10 million children — suffered from food insecurity. That number is expected to increase to as much as 50 million people in 2021…

Reducing Wasted Food At Home

Most people don't realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. EPA estimates that in 2018, about 68 percent of the wasted food we generated—or about 42.8…

Food waste is responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions

Food losses and waste – in supply chains and by consumers – account for around one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions from food. That’s 6% of total global emissions.

Misfits Market

We’re a subscription box of misfit fruits and vegetables making it easy and affordable for all of us to eat healthy. We are dedicated to breaking the cycle of food waste by helping delicious food…

Stop Waste

StopWaste helps Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less, recycle properly, and use water, energy, and other resources efficiently.

Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network is the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger in America.

Climate Collaborative – Packaging

On average, packaging accounts for about 5% of the energy used in the life cycle of a food product making it a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and for some products, the packaging used…

Food Print – The Problem of Food Waste

Almost half of our food is wasted in the United States. How does this happen? What can we do to solve our enormous food waste problem?

EPA – Food Waste Programs Across the United States

Food loss and waste is a growing problem in our modern society. The amount of food Americans throw away each year is staggering. In 2014 alone, more than 38 million tons of food waste was…

WWF – Take the Food Waste Quiz

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Food Tank – 59 Organizations Fighting Food Loss and Waste

It’s no secret that food loss and food waste are big problems. At least 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year—in fields, during transport, in storage, at restaurants, and in markets…


The Case Against Paper Straws

By Annie Lowrey   08/20/19  
The bright, cold, bitter tang. The soft notes of walnut and dirt. The anticipation of the jolt of electricity. The feeling of wet cardboard in my mouth.
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Food Waste as a Renewable Energy

By Mihaela Dimitrova   08/19/19  
As terms such as climate security and food security came together, an important solution to the energy problem emerged: food waste-based energy.
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Meet the woman using maggots to fix our food waste scandal

By John Elder   08/16/19  
When Olympia Yarger started farming maggots, it’s because she couldn’t afford to feed sheep, cattle or even chickens. She figured maggots – which can be fed to livestock – might solve that problem. Her hope…
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Why we need better, bigger data to help combat food waste

By Tim Richards   08/16/19  
Last week, the UN sounded the alarm bell about an impending food crisis driven by climate change, and it identified reducing food waste as an essential part of the solution.
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How active and intelligent packaging in the supply chain could solve the food waste crisis

By Harry Menear   08/15/19  
Intelligent packaging “contains an external or internal indicator to provide information about aspects of the history of the package and/or the quality of the food.”
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Diet and food waste take center stage in new report on climate change

By Jay Sjerven   08/15/19  
During 2010-16, global food loss and waste were responsible for 8% to 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions, the report asserted.
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Turning rotten food into energy: Investors smell opportunity

By Patrick Temple-West   08/14/19  
U.S. investors are beginning to smell an opportunity in the waste-to-energy market, where livestock dung and food garbage is traded. Interest is being fueled by new state laws and by demand from companies such as…
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CuanTec’s compostable plastic wrap is made of shellfish shells

By Adele Peters   08/12/19  
The plastic films CuanTec makes out of shellfish shells that are left over from seafood production is naturally antimicrobial and lets people keep using plastic wrap without worrying about plastic.
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Tackling food waste can be a $2.5 trillion market opportunity for businesses

By Karen Gilchrist   08/12/19  
As popular debate continues to grow around the rising climate crisis, a new industry is emerging to take a bite out of one of the key culprits: Food waste.
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How eliminating food waste can help the fight against climate change

By Nicole Mortillaro   08/10/19  
'People need to be aware and learn how their choices contribute to the problems that we face,' expert says
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What’s Your Moonshot? Meet the Man Coating Fruits and Vegetables to Alleviate Food Waste and World Hunger

By Lauren Barrett and Maya Page   08/01/19  
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA astronauts landing on the moon, Newsweek is spotlighting pioneers in science and technology, highlighting their very own "moonshots" and how they hope to change the world.
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How to Fight the Climate Crisis at Home: Small Tips for Making Big Change

By Sophie Hirsh   08/01/19  
This article is not just about finding little ways to reduce your impact — rather, it’s about ways to stop climate change from your home.
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Want a cleaner kitchen and a cleaner world? Get a composter for your food scraps

By Julie Compton   07/29/19  
Composting plant-based food waste is an easy way to keep your kitchen smell free while reducing your impact on climate.
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A New Produce Warehouse in Los Angeles Will Prevent Millions of Pounds of Food Waste

By Nadra Nittle   06/27/19  
Food Forward’s new Produce Pit Stop will bring fresh food to more people in need in eight Southern California counties, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Food freshness sensors could replace ‘use-by’ dates to cut food waste

By Caroline Brogan   06/05/19  
Imperial academics have developed low-cost, smartphone-linked, eco-friendly spoilage sensors for meat and fish packaging.
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Food’s Funny-Looking Future: ‘Ugly’ Produce Delivery

By Haley Velasco   05/13/19  
Should fruits and vegetables go to waste just because they’re not pretty? These home-delivery subscription services find a market for the misshapen.
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Waste Not, if You Want to Help Secure the Future of the Planet

By Tatiana Schlossberg   05/12/19  
Reducing the damage from waste might require expanding the traditional definition of waste — not just as old-fashioned garbage, but as a result of wild inefficiency in all kinds of systems, which often results in…
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5 Women-Owned Companies Revolutionizing the Zero-Waste Movement

By Maia Wikler   04/24/19  
From food waste to fashion, these women are paving the way for innovative solutions.
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Most people waste more food than they think—here’s how to fix it

By Rachael Jackson   04/24/19  
In the psychology of food waste, people are often misled by their surroundings. But we can rethink our choices.
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Crucial Bill that Tackles Food Waste Included in the New York State Budget

New York lawmakers took a bold step to reduce food waste with the inclusion of the Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act in the state’s 2020 budget.
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20 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste

By Jillian Kubala, MS, RD   02/08/19  
With a small amount of effort, you can cut your food waste dramatically, save money and time, and help take some pressure off Mother Nature.
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The Murky Ethics of the Ugly-Produce Business

By Amanda Mull   01/25/19  
America’s wonkiest fruits and vegetables have ignited a food war.
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Already a Climate Change Leader, California Takes on Food Waste

By Chris Richard   12/10/18  
The state’s innovate programs and laws to tackle excess food and reduce greenhouse gas emissions could be a template for the nation.
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Yikes! Residential Food Waste Piling Up

By Nicholas Boke   10/10/18  
“Forty percent of the food we grow gets tossed,” Christine Beling of the Boston office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the 70 people who had gathered to talk about food waste. “100,300 tons of…
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Compost: Secret Weapon Against Climate Change?

By Sarah West   09/20/18  
Fossil fuels can only release carbon into the atmosphere, but soil – and the vegetation that covers it – is a two-way street. Through photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide, storing it in their roots and…
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Waste Not Want Not: Adressing Inequities of the Global Food System | Dr. Fanzo | EAT Forum18

By Jessica Fanzo   06/11/18  
Dr. Jessica Fanzo Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, John Hopkins University
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9 delicious ways to cut down on food waste

By Amy Gorin, RDN   05/14/18  
Try these creative recipes that put food scraps to work in the kitchen — and lower your grocery bill.
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Why Americans Lead the World in Food Waste

By Adam Chandler   07/15/16  
Calories are cheap and people are picky.
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