End Food Waste Now
We are constantly reminded that we need to grow more food to keep up with the ever-expanding population. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts the world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050, requiring food production to increase by 70%. In 2010, 48.8 million Americans were considered food insecure, meaning that they didn’t have access at all times to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle.
Getting an accurate picture of food waste throughout the entire food system isn’t easy. The FAO estimates that more than 40% of food losses occur at retail and consumer levels but most estimates are often conservative and don’t take into account the entire food sector—the crops left unharvested in fields or fish discards at sea. Food waste is important because of its social, environmental, political and economical implications.
This site focuses on the different areas where food is lost and wasted through the entire food system, with plenty of tips for consumers to reduce their waste.
AmpleHarvest.org is an online campaign that connects 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries. Garden by garden, home and community gardeners and other growers are fighting hunger and malnutrition in America - and helping to minimize food waste. Read more>
What is TEDxManhattan?
TEDx Manhattan's 3rd Annual "Changing the Way We Eat" is a program of local video and live speakers combining to spark deep discussion and connection about the impact of the changing food system. The event took place in New York City on Saturday, February 16, 2013.
See all the talks online. >
See NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner's talk on food waste.