2) Reducing food losses by just 15 percent would be enough food to feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables. (Gunders, Pg. 1)
3) In-store food losses in the United States totaled an estimated 43 billion pounds in 2008, equivalent to 10 percent of the total food supply at the retail level. (Gunders, Pg. 10)
4) The USDA estimates that supermarkets lose $15 billion annually in unsold fruits and vegetables alone. (Gunders, Pg. 10)
5) Products are discarded when sell by dates—almost none of which are regulated by law—are near. Different from use by or best by, sell by dates are designed to help the store with stocking and ensure freshness to consumers. Almost all of this food is still consumable but may have a limited shelf life left. In most states, it is not illegal to sell product after the sell by date, but stores don’t do so out of concern that their image of carrying fresh products will be damaged. Most stores, in fact, pull items 2 to 3 days before the sell-by date. (Gunders, Pg. 10)
6) “Sell by” and “use by” dates are not federally regulated and do not indicate safety, except on certain baby foods. Rather, they are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. Many foods can be safely consumed after their “sell by” and “use by” dates. (Gunders, Pg 17)
7) Uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills as the single largest component of U.S. municipal solid waste where it accounts for a large portion of U.S. methane emissions. (Gunders, Pg. 1)
8) In the landfill, food scraps decompose and give off methane, a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more powerful in global warming as carbon dioxide. (Gunders, Pg 14)
9) Due to their organic nature and high moisture content, food scraps decay more rapidly than other organics. Therefore, they produce a disproportionately large component of the methane that landfills produce in the first years, often before the landfills are capped. (Gunders, Pg 14)
10) Barriers to recovering more food: liability concerns, distribution and storage logistics, and funding to the collection and distribution of food. (Gunders, Pg 17)
11) Donate more. Retailers should work with local agencies to address the logistical challenges related to food donations. Such donations bring positive community impact and also offer tax benefits in the form of enhanced tax deductions. (Gunders, Pg 19)
Gunders, Dana. "Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food From Farm to Fork to Landfill." NRDC Issue Paper (Aug. 2012): NRDC.org. Natural Resources Defense Council. Web. <http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-IP.pdf>.
A report out of the U.K. estimates that if food scraps were removed from landfills there, the level of greenhouse gas abatement would be equivalent to removing one-fifth of all the cars in the country from the road (Pg. 15 of Gunders article) Connected to- http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/new-estimates-household-food-and-drink-waste-uk
Look up: “Love Food Hate Waste” A movement in the U.K.
“Love Food Hate Waste” has been conducted over the past five years and 53 of the leading food retailers and brands there have adopted a resolution to reduce waste in their own operations, as well as upstream and downstream in the supply chain. Pg 5