29 Sep '12, 12pm

Grocery Chain Figures Out How to Stop Wasting Food

Grocery Chain Figures Out How to Stop Wasting Food

by Peter Lehner , Executive Director, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) 40 percent of the food we produce in the United States goes uneaten. No matter how local or organic it is, if nearly half our edible food is ending up in the garbage, we’re not doing something right. Much of this food gets wasted at home, and I recently blogged about simple strategies we can all use to reduce this waste. About 43 billion pounds of food are thrown away in grocery stores every year — about 10 percent of the total food supply at the retail level . The USDA estimates that supermarkets lose $15 billion each year in unsold produce alone. And because big retailers influence customer behavior on one side (Buy One Get One Free! ), and suppliers on the other (demanding requirements that encourage growers to overplant for fear of not fulfilling them), their decisions can drive even more fo...

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