(Includes Food Recovery Organizations and Research and Advocacy Organizations)
Nonprofits and academia can support the expansion of a dynamic food recovery ecosystem to recover 1.8 billion meals annually, launch widespread Consumer Education Campaigns and fill critical research gaps.
Increase the use of direct, point-to-point perishable food shipments from farmers to retailers to reduce the number of stops a product makes in transit and develop a cold chain certification standard for food carriers
An on-site treatment technology, greywater aerobic digesters use combinations of nutrients or enzymes and bacteria to break food organics down until soluble, where it is flushed into the sewage system
Transporting food from homes by truck, car, or bicycle to small, community, or neighborhood-level compost facilities that process 2,500 tons per year on average
Conducting large-scale advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and educate consumers about ways to save money and prevent wasted food.
Educating potential food donors on donation liability laws
Expanding federal tax benefits for food donations to all businesses and simplifying donation reporting for tax deductions
Modifying packaging sizes and designs to optimize consumer consumption and avoid residual container waste
Opening retail stores and creating dedicated market environments to sell discounted groceries sourced from food manufacturers and distributors
Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques
Standardizing food label dates, including eliminating visible “sell by” dates, to reduce consumer confusion
Eliminating trays in all-you-can-eat dining facilities to reduce over-portioning by consumers
Providing restaurants and food service providers with data on wasteful practices to inform behavioral and operational changes
The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.Learn More >
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