Farm to cafeteria table: The new local food frontier

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The next time someone points to the need for more farmers’ markets as a way to help move local food from a trend to a substantive cultural shift, you might consider telling them about the power of institutional purchasing. It may sound less interesting and, on the surface, it certainly is. (Who doesn’t love buying purple carrots to the sound of a didgeridoo?) But bear with us.

An App For Ordering Cheap Leftover Food From Restaurants And Bakeries

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Canny shoppers visit the supermarket late in the evening, near to closing time, in order to pick up all the marked-down bargains. You’ll get perishable goods—fruit, veggies, croissants that are still good for breakfast a few hours hence—for absurdly low prices, as the store tries anything to avoid tossing them out. Now, that could happen with restaurants, thanks to a new app called Too Good to Go.

Why Leading Global Companies Are Using a New Food Waste Standard to Reduce Waste

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Food loss and waste costs businesses billions of dollars each year and it generates about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for the carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten.

This means if food waste was a country, it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet behind China and the US.

While many companies have set food waste reduction targets, there hasn’t been a uniform way to measure where and how much food is lost across operations — some consider food that goes to compost as waste; some companies don’t.

A new international standard, launched today at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) Summit 2016, addresses this issue. According to its developers, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Consumer Goods Forum, the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (FLW Standard) will create a globally consistent framework for measuring and managing food waste.

Sodexo Commits to Zero Food Waste

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Sodexo announced it is implementing a multifaceted approach to eliminate food waste in landfills.

For the Zero Food Waste to Landfills commitment, one of many actions that Sodexo will take is to follow guidance in the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste report released by ReFED.

The roadmap highlights 27 strategies that will put the U.S. on track to achieve the national target of 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2030, as established by the Obama Administration in September 2015.

Starbucks will start donating 100% of its unused food to those in need

Read the full post at Mashable.

If you’ve ever wondered where all those Starbucks bagels and bistro boxes go after closing time, here’s an answer you can get behind.

Starbucks has pledged to donate 100% of its leftover food through a new program called FoodShare, the company announced in a release on Tuesday. Starbucks created the initiative in partnership with nonprofit organization Feeding America and food collection group Food Donation Connection, and it will allow the company to donate perishable, ready-to-eat meals from its 7,600 stores to food banks nationwide.

For the birds: keeping coffee green

Eighty percent of Americans drink coffee, and global consumption is projected to rise by 25 percent in the next five years.  Some is sustainably-grown, some isn’t—and impacts can add up.  In this installment of 89.1 WEMU’s “The Green Room,” Barbara Lucas explores how the price of coffee can affect far more than your wallet.

Food Waste from Golden Corral Restaurants Diverted from Landfill via BioHiTech

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BioHiTech America is installing its commercial food waste disposal system at Golden Corral restaurants in 10 franchised locations throughout Florida, in a move the company says will divert food waste from landfill, help measure sustainability and identify dishes that do not sell.