7 organizations fighting food waste in 2016 you should know about
These 7 organizations are primed to make an impact in reducing food waste in 2016, and beyond.
Canadian group Refood picks up excess produce from restaurants, stores, and other vendors, utilizes a team of chefs to prepare meals with the picked up food, then distributes these meals to local shelters and schools.
Produce Waste Footprint Video from Refood's website
2. Appetite For Change
Appetite For Change believes food to be "one way to build community for creating social, racial and economic justice and change". Their programs focus on urban gardening, food training, and food workshops.
Appetite for change believes that reducing food waste and greater food security can help empower communities.
3. Zero Percent
Zero Percent utilizes a system of text alerts and emails to notify shelters and other groups when volunteer's have produce and other types of food that can be donated to avoid waste. They have currently saved over 300k pounds of food.
Zero percent aims to connect donors with receivers of food that would otherwise be spoiled.
4. Yellow Tractor Project
The Yellow Tractor Project is a 501(c)(3) empowering people everywhere to grow their own fresh, healthy food easily and affordably. They offer access to gardening materials as well as education and instruction.
Yellow Tractor has coordinated joint initiatives with academic institutions like Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
5. Food Tank
Food Tank offers "solutions and environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty by creating a network of connections and information for all of us to consume and share". Food Tank leverages their huge media following to share knowledge and promote food security digitally.
Scott Davis of Panera Bread speaks at the Food Tank 2015 Food Summit in Washington, D.C.
6. End Food Waste / Ugly Fruit and Veg
With over 1/3 of produce not reaching grocery stores due to spoilage and cosmetic defects, the "Ugly Fruit and Veg" campaign by Endfoodwaste.org has gained significant traction. The movement has spawned viral cultural phenomenons such as "The ugly carrot", shown to the right.
Due to spoilage and cosmetic defects, over 30% of produce does not reach supermarkets across the United States and Europe
7. Provision Coalition
The provision coalition's self stated goal is "processing food sustainability". They are primarily focused on promoting sustainability for large food manufacturers, food distributors and their facilities. They offer self-assessment tools for food business owners as well as online educational material and seminars.
The Provision Coalition aims to offer an online portal for educating and instructing food business owners to increase sustainability and environmental friendliness in their business processes.
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