Thursday, March 24, 2016
NEW PLAN TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE
A new plan offers a roadmap for the U.S. to reduce food waste by 20% within a decade while also creating thousands of jobs and could save consumers billions of dollars. The report from a nonprofit and corporate collaboration known as ReFED divides food waste solutions into three categories: prevention, recovery, and recycling. Proposed measures focus heavily on preventing food waste in the first place. For one, the report suggests food companies should adjust packaging to discourage waste. Portions should be smaller and packaging should be designed to prevent food from spoiling. Distributors should invest in technology to eliminate food waste during transport. Prevention methods would help save roughly $8 billion and prevent 2.6 million tons of food from being wasted.
Source: Time, 3/9/16, Food Waste