FOOD WASTE

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Each month in the US, more than 20 pounds of food per person is disposed of in landfills. Additionally, all the fertilizer, fuel, and hard work that went into growing this food are

wasted too.

 

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Unused food consumes many other resources including: 

·         80 percent of all freshwater used in the United States 

·         50 percent of the land

·         10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget

And when that wasted food is buried, it generates methane pollution.

 

 

 

In response to the growing problem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the Food Waste Hierarchy. The hierarchy includes five levels and is in the order of preference:

 

Food Hierarchy

Source Reduction

Source Reduction in the amount of food purchased or generated is the first step to prevent food from becoming waste. Source reduction steps include making lists, tracking inventory, and buying less.


Resources for Source Reduction

Further With Food

Further with Food provides comprehensive information about food loss and waste in the United States and about solutions dedicated to reducing it.  This virtual resource center offers businesses, government entities, investors, NGOs, academics, and individuals the ability to find and share information about proven solutions and innovative new approaches to reduce the volume of surplus food.

Leanpath

Leanpath has been helping businesses with food service operations to reduce food waste while providing both financial and environmental sustainability.

Save The Food. Com

A Partnership between the Ad Council & the Natural Resources Defense Council, Save the Food.com is a national public service ad campaign to combat food waste.

Visit Save the Food to learn more tips and tricks on how you can start saving your food and watch The Extraordinary Life and Times of a Strawberry

San Diego Food Systems Alliance

The City of Chula Vista participates in the Save the Food San Diego County wide public service campaign.

Environmental Protection Agency

Both businesses and individuals can learn to effectively prevent the flow of wasted food by taking simple steps such as making grocery lists, inventorying supplies, and buying less.

Source Reduction (EPA)

 

Feed Hungry People

Our food was grown to provide nutrition to people. By collecting unspoiled, healthy food and donating to neighborhood food pantry, you can help feed the more than 485,000 - nearly 1 in 6 people - (170,000 children - nearly 1 in 4) in San Diego that don’t always have enough food to eat.

How to Donate:

 USDA List of National Donation Organizations and Laws

 Food Donation Guide for Businesses in San Diego County

 A Safe Food Handling for Donation Checklist for San Diego County

Where to Donate:

Feeding San Diego Food Donations

San Diego Food Bank - Donate Food 

Southwestern College "Jag" Kitchen

 

Other Ways to Donate;

Gleaning Groups

Donate food from your yard and garden through Gleaning groups.

Gleaning groups gather produce that is destined to be wasted, from trees, fields, and farmers markets.

San Diego Gleaning group Directory: http://www.sdfsa.org/gleaning/

 

Other Resources for donating:

2-1-1 San Diego:

Serving San Diego County, 2-1-1 San Diego connects you with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable database. Simply dial 2-1-1 or search their online database.

 

Feed Animals

Donating food to animals can save farmers and companies’ money. There are farms in San Diego County that currently accept food waste such as brewery grains, food scraps, and bakery items.

Reduce Wasted Food by Feeding Animals (EPA)

 

Industrial Uses

Adding food waste to an anaerobic digester can provide a fuel source for vehicles and power generation. Rendering of meats and greases can also provide a fuel source and other products.

Learn more about anaerobic digestion (EPA).

 

Composting

Spoiled and leftover food waste is perfect for composting. The product of which contains the nutrients needed to create healthy soils. Instead of sending this waste to the landfill, convert it to compost right in your own backyard!

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City of Chula Vista's Backyard Composting Program

 

 

 

 

County of San Diego Composting Information

EPA's Composting Guide

 

Landfilling   

Landfilling food waste takes up valuable land, pollutes the air, and can potentially contaminate groundwater. Landfilling is the last option for food waste.Landfill

 

 Other Methods to Reduce Food Waste:

County of San Diego

Food Saving and Storage Techniques

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Learn about the USDA’s food waste reduction activities

National Restaurant Association Conserve Program (Non-Government Organization)

The National Restaurant Association's Conserve Program is here to show you how to operate your business efficiently and in more environmentally beneficial ways

The Ugly Fruit and Veg CampaignFood Waste 4

Approximately 40% of fruits and vegetables grown don’t make the cut for supermarkets on the basis of looking ugly. Jordan Figueiredo developed a website devoted to eliminate the practice of discarding food with minor imperfections.


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