27 steps to cut food waste and save billions

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

It doesn’t have to be this way  — that US consumers and businesses toss in the trash some 52 million tons of food a year, squandering $218 billion spent on growing, processing, transporting and then disposing that food.

The Rethink Food Waste through Economics and Data (ReFED) consortium who studied the problem for a year said Wednesday there are 27 pretty easy steps that, if scaled nationwide, would cut food waste by 20 percent or 13 million tons in a decade.

The steps, carried out, would put $5.6 billion back in consumers’ pockets each year and $1.6 billion back in the coffers of restaurants and food service companies while saving business in general $2 billion.

Moreover, they’d eliminate 18 million tons of methane emissions and save 1.6 trillion gallons of freshwater. And, as a huge future benefit, they’d get the world in better position to feed the 9 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2050.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: