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Further With Food Further with Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions

In the last few years, interest in solving the food waste issue has exploded. Research is being done, documentaries are being made, toolkits have been written, campaigns have been launched — all in an effort to reach a national goal of reducing food waste by half by 2030.

Now, a public-private coalition has created a way to gather all of this great work in one place. It’s a website called Further with Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions, a new national platform for aggregating information and inspiring collaboration in an effort to reduce food waste at every level of the supply chain. The website curates resources for teachers, farmers, government officials, academics, activists, food service providers, policy makers, food processors, waste managers, and more.

Further With Food was spearheaded by the Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a partnership of 10 private sector and non-profit organizations.

“Achieving our shared goals depends on harnessing the tremendous energy and innovation bubbling up across the country,” said Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin in a press release. “Further With Food will be a place to compare notes on what’s working, to build on new ideas, and to scale the most effective solutions so that, together, we can build a more resilient and productive food system.” Further With Food is part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s $130 million YieldWise food waste reduction initiative.

Sustainable America is proud to have contributed several of our infographics to the growing collection of resources housed on Further With Food. Aggregating all of this valuable research and information in on place give folks working to understand and solve the problem a head start and will help connect people from different sectors, reduce redundancies and focus on proven solutions.

Anyone working on the issue of food waste is invited to explore the site and submit resources for consideration.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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