21 Aug '12, 2pm

NRDC's new report on food waste.

Gains can be made quickly. In just five years, avoidable household food waste in the United Kingdom has been reduced 18 percent. The complexity of the issue cannot be ignored. At the heart are two basic realities that must be acknowledged upfront. The first is that food represents a small portion of many Americans' budgets, making the financial cost of wasting food too low to outweigh the convenience of it. Second, there is the plain economic truth that the more food consumers waste, the more those in the food industry are able to sell. This is true throughout the supply chain where waste downstream translates to higher sales for anyone upstream. Overcoming these challenges as well as the other drivers of food waste discussed in this document will require all hands on deck from the U.S. government to consumers to business. It will also require raising the priority of reduc...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp

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