For anyone interested in learning more about food waste, look no further. Here are just a few of Phood’s favorite resources providing reliable data, solutions, best practices and advocacy for food loss and waste reduction around the globe.
ReFED is a multi-stakeholder non-profit organization that has developed one of the most comprehensive studies of food waste ever done in the United States. Their Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent outlines 27 of the top opportunities to reduce food waste, ranking them by their potential for economic, social, and environmental impact. The report provides a fantastic overview of the extent of the problem of wasted food in the U.S., as well as an in-depth analysis of the solutions and how to implement them.
ReFED has also recently released two new tools for use in the fight against food waste – the US Food Waste Policy Finder and the Innovator Database. The Policy Finder allows you to search for state and federal policies regarding food waste and provides valuable insights on recommendations for policy improvements. The Innovator Database is an interactive tool that allows users to search for and discover all of the existing solutions to preventing, recovering and recycling food waste (See our page HERE).
The FAO is an agency of the United Nations with the goals of eradicating hunger, eliminating poverty, and ensuring the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources. It is no surprise, then, that they have taken a strong stance against food loss and waste.
They have become a valuable source of information regarding the global environmental and financial costs of food loss and waste, publishing a number of reports on the issue including Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources and Food Wastage Footprint Full-Cost Accounting. They have also launched the SAVE FOOD campaign in collaboration with Messe Düsseldorf, a prominent global trade fair organizer. The campaign aims to encourage dialogue between industry, research, politics, and civil society on food losses. They do this by bringing together stakeholders and increasing public awareness of the issues associated with food loss and waste.
The NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental advocacy group. They work to “safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.”
They are working to establish and encourage the implementation of a number of policy solutions to food waste, some of which are outlined in their report, Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Fork to Landfill. Originally published in 2012, they have since released a Second Edition of the report, which was published earlier this year.
They have also launched the Save The Food campaign in partnership with the Ad Council, to bring light to the massive quantities of food Americans waste in their homes every day. The campaign is chock full of creative graphics and engaging videos. You may have even seen some of its signage out in public in your daily life.
The United States EPA set a goal in September of 2015 to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. They have long since been proponents of reducing wasted food, and have coordinated a number of campaigns involving solutions for businesses and consumer awareness.
Possibly one of their greatest contributions to the fight against wasted food is their food recovery hierarchy. This hierarchy is an inverted pyramid that displays the most to least preferred solutions to reducing wasted food. It is often used by businesses and municipalities when planning their approach to reducing food waste in their operation or community.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme, born out of the UK, “works with governments, businesses, and communities to deliver practical solutions to improve resource efficiency.” One of the ways in which they wish to improve resource efficiency is to help reduce food waste.
WRAP has published a number of extensive reports on the issue of food waste in the UK including Household Food Waste in the UK, 2015 which, among other useful information, includes estimates for the total amount of food wasted in the UK and compares current estimates to data collected in 2012. They also have a number of other reports and articles detailing current trends in food waste and the top solutions to mitigating it.