5 Things You Should Know About Food Waste

Written by: Allie Hoffman, Program Manager with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and Ally Lemmer, FoodCorps CA Fellow

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 2.17.24 PMThose of us who have spent time in a school cafeteria have likely seen trash bags bulging with uneaten food. And it’s not just a problem at schools! As according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash. And potentially more staggering, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption [worldwide] is lost or wasted. With the constant struggle to reduce food waste through the state and nation, many programs, both public and private, are now implementing creative ways to educate others about the environmental and economic impacts of food waste. To address food waste, we have curated a list of 5 things you should know about this issue and how you can reduce waste in the cafeteria or at home while still supporting your local community.  [Read more here…]