Food Loss and Waste
8 years after launching its Food Waste Challenge, the USDA is hosting a Food Loss and Waste Innovation Fair. Everyone can join the online event.
In 2013, The USDA first launched the Food Waste Challenge in which it called on farms, agricultural processors, food manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, universities, schools, and local governments to join in a national effort to reduce food waste.
Jean Buzby, USDA's Food Loss, and Waste Liaison says the fair will present businesses and researchers that have designed cutting-edge food and waste loss solutions with USDA financial support.
Buzby: “ Other presenters include several US Food Loss and Waste 2030 champions which are businesses that have committed to reducing food loss and waste in their own businesses by 50% by 2030.
One innovation to be highlighted at the Food Loss and Waste Fair is “functional ice” which melts more slowly than regular ice and has food preserving potential.
Since 2013 about more than 30 companies have been named Food Loss and Waste champions.
You’ll recognize many of these companies. They include; Amazon, Aramark, Blue Apron, Bon Appétit Management Company, Browns’ Super Stores, Compass Group, Farmstead, General Mills, Giant Eagle, HelloFresh, Kellogg Company, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Walt Disney World Resort.