Gallery: Food Industry Wages War Against Food Waste


In 2009, more than 30 million tons of food was dumped into landfills, making food the most abundant material there by far. This amounts to roughly 200 pounds a year for every single individual in the United States. Throwing away food means we’re losing money, but more importantly we’re also creating unnecessary waste and greatly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. To curb this nationwide problem, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute are launching a mega-campaign that aims to increase donations to food banks and composting practices in order to decrease the amount of food sent to landfills.

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  1. francoishurtaud September 20, 2011 at 7:45 am
  2. lazyreader September 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Food waste has many uses, even if it were left in a landfill, it’s decomposition to methane is used by operators to generate electricity. More modern landfills adapt this technique. In Las Vegas some resorts take the thrown away food at restaurants and buffets which is mashed into slop for pigs in a farm not to far away. Some of these pigs eat as well as most humans, besides anything a human eats a pig can easily eat. Skip Shapiro Enterprises LLC processes beverage and nonmeat food waste at more than forty locations in North America. If they are a profitable business, there is no reason to think they wouldn’t expand beyond that. Private business has an interesting array of methods for what to do with what we call waste.

  3. caeman September 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My food waste has been eaten on by my kids, or the food items spoiled. Neither of which a food bank would want. What other solutions are there for the scrap bits of veggies, fruits and meat that are more environment-friendly?

    This campaign seems like it be more productive to be waged against the grocer’s themselves, when the items are over-stocked or past the legal sale date, but are still good enough to eat.

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