Resources to Understand Food Waste in America
Pounds of food already wasted in the U.S. this year: Calculating...
This waste happens in the fields, transportation, supermarkets, restaurants, and homes.
The resources below may help you understand food waste issues in America. The resources in the top table are PDFs, and they can be downloaded using the “PDF” buttons. The resources in the lower table are websites — visit them by clicking the “Website” links.
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Downloads and Website Links
|Document||Description||Downloads / Links|
|A Beginner's Guide to Food Waste (Summer 2016)||The study from Material Impact Inc. defines food waste as an environmental, social, and financial problem. This is a great beginning to understanding food waste. It includes an introduction to the subject, info on food waste legislation, current awareness campaigns, and lists tool-kits and other resources available.|
|EPA: Donating Food||By redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to our neighbors in need, individuals can support their local communities and reduce environmental impact. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated. Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food inventory.||Website|
|EPA: Reducing Wasted Food at Home||About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2013, we disposed more than 35 million tons of food waste. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.||Website|
|Estimating & Addressing America's Food Losses||The landmark 1997 report estimating food loss in America's food system|
|Food Waste Focus Blog||This blog from LeanPath is a one-stop spot for food waste musings and updates, and waste reduction tips.||Website|
|Good Laws, Good Food||Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities (Harvard Law Food and Policy Clinic and John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, September 2017) 174 pages|
|Keeping Food Out of the Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities||This is an 84-page document from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic - a resource for those who want to encourage state and local governments to take action against food waste. The state guide to incentives and protections for food donations|
|Saving Water: From Field to Fork||(Stockholm International Water Institute)|
|Sodexo Foundation Report||Finds hunger costs far more than it would take to ensure that no citizen is at risk of hunger||Website|
|The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the U.S.||(Includes the Summary Report) From the USDA: (Released in February 2014) "In the United States, 31 percent - or 133 billion pounds - of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion using retail prices. For the first time, ERS estimated the calories associated with food loss: 141 trillion in 2010, or 1,249 calories per capita per day."|
|United States Hunger and Poverty Facts||(World Hunger Education Service) - compilation of many different studies||Website|
|Up to 40% of Our Food is Wasted||(National Resources Defense Council, 2012)|
|What is Gleaning? Past, Present & Future||From FoodForward.org: Gleaning is an ancient form of food recovery & support that's making an amazing modern comeback! Here's a definition of the word "glean", a history of the movement, and a discussion of gleaning today.||Website|