30 Day Zero Waste Challenge

We waste 165 billion dollars worth of food per year, as much as half of all the food we produce, while 1 in 7 in the U.S. are food insecure. “Food waste is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. When we waste food we also waste all of the land, water, fossil fuels, and labor that was used to grow it. Food waste is also a leading cause of rainforest deforestation, depletion of fish in the ocean, and biodiversity loss.”

According to according to Losses, Inefficiencies and Waste in the Global Food System (2017) food losses occur in 6 categories: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X16302384

  1. Agriculture Production – residues, roots, straw, unharvested crops and losses during harvest
  2. Livestock  Production – loss and inefficiencies in the conversion of feed and grass into animal products
  3. Handling, Storage, Transportation and Processing – Food lost spillage, degradation during distribution, etc.
  4. Consumer Waste
  5. Overconsumption – additional intake of food beyond that required for human nutrition

from NRDC:


Today’s challenge focuses on #1-Agricultural Production and what we as consumers can do about it. Come to find out that grocery stores, and the perceived biases from their customers, are driving much of this shameful food waste.

Rob Greenfield on a bike ride:


“Despite a government and industry focus on food waste occurring in homes, our pioneering research finds that waste on farms, often a result of supermarkets’ outsized power in the supply chain, is significant and pervasive.”

How groceries/retailers contribute:

Fruit and vegetable waste from farms ‘could feed population of Birmingham or Manchester for a year’, says environmental charity.


Rob Greenfield’s suggestions:

  1. Grocery stores must measure food waste. 
  2. Practice transparency and make that information publicly available.
  3. Take responsibility for their entire supply chain from farm to fork. 
  4. Reduce their cosmetic standards.
  5. Adopt ethical practices with farms regarding contracts. 

So much more here! http://robgreenfield.tv/foodwastesolutions/


AND – Support or buy from groups like this:

Can you share ideas?  What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

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Quote of the Day:

“Cutting food waste is a delicious way of saving money, helping to feed the world and protect the planet.” –Tristram Stuart




The full Food Loss/Waste series:

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