The Food Industry Begins to Struggle with the Effects of COVID-19

The Food Industry Begins to Struggle with the Effects of COVID-19

Farmers are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food because of COVID-19’s impact on their usual markets, according to the New York Times.  Producers are depending on $9.5 billion from the CARES Act stimulus package for their farms to survive this pandemic.

Why This Matters: As the unemployment rates sky-rocket due to national shutdowns, it’s hard to imagine food going to waste.

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Coronavirus: The Impact on Our Food System

Coronavirus: The Impact on Our Food System

Of all the stressful considerations we have to make during coronavirus, thinking through how we ensure our food system stays functioning is daunting. Shutdowns and demand changes have farmers fearful, lack of safety precautions is endangering agricultural workers who have been deemed “essential,” and a lack of workers may ensure that food is left rotting […]

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Interview of the Week, Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US

Interview of the Week, Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US is committed to reducing food waste and food insecurity at 25 sites across America by using technology to engage volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources, to social service agencies that feed people who are food insecure. ODP:   Do you think this current crisis is an opportunity […]

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Food of Environmental Activism

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Food of Environmental Activism

by Zoey Shipley and Miro Korenha In America, 30-40% (by weight) of food goes to waste each day–which also wastes water and creates needless GHG emissions. One solution that’s been floated to combat food waste is selling more “ugly” produce to consumers. As Vox explained, venture capital-backed companies like Imperfect Produce, Full Harvest, Hungry Harvest, […]

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One Smaller Thing:  Half a Loaf of Bread Cuts Food Waste

One Smaller Thing: Half a Loaf of Bread Cuts Food Waste

The Wall Street Journal’s headline says it all — “Smaller Loaves of Bread Are on the Rise.  Bakers cook up new options to suit small households and millennials who don’t want to waste food.”  We hate food waste!  And we know you do too, and don’t want to buy more than you will use. So […]

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Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

Reducing Food Waste Adds Up Big in Tackling Emissions

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. This contributes to 8% of total greenhouse emissions and also occurs as 1 in 9 people around the world are undernourished. Now, a […]

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