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Food Waste

 

 

Nearly 40 percent of the food we grow, distribute, put on store shelves then ultimately buy as consumers never gets eaten. It’s called food waste and people are doing something about it by gleaning, composting, and learning to eat from head to tail to eliminate waste.

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Food waste
“Forty. That’s the percentage of food in this country that never gets eaten, or that’s grown and never comes to market. It’s the food we distribute that never reaches a destination or sits on grocery store shelves without finding a consumer. And it’s food consumers buy but never eat. “
– Douglas Gayeton, LOCAL: The New Face of Food and Farming in America

Gleaning
A type of food rescue that involves collecting leftover fruits and vegetables from farms, with the food usually donated to school lunch programs, non-profits and food banks. By performing food rescues, communities can help re-distribute food that would otherwise go wasted, helping to turn food insecurity into food security.
– Douglas Gayeton, LOCAL: The New Face of Food and Farming in America

Compost
Turning food waste into valuable nutrients that can improve soil and feed plants.
– Douglas Gayeton, LOCAL: The New Face of Food and Farming in America

Nose to tail
Respect the animal by using every part of it from nose to tail, in order not to waste it.

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Featured in the Film

Matt Palmerlee
Farm 255
Athens, Georgia
Once a vegan, and now a charcuterie expert, Matt is Head Chef at The Branded Butcher.

Olivia Sargeant
Farm 255
Athens, Georgia
Olivia splits time between the Bay Area, the southeast, and Italy, working as a to build models for regional food economies. She remains a managing partner at Farm 255, and also farms at Full Moon in Georgia.

Tim Dyer
West Georgia Processing
Carrollton, Georgia
Owner and butcher, Tim ages his carcasses for 5-14 days at his meat processing facility, and then cuts to order for restaurant clients and Moonshine Meat CSA.

Dave Carlson
Community Food Share
Boulder, Colorado
Dave is the gleaning coordinator for his local food bank, “Community Food Share”. He is also a certified arborist and Permaculture consultant.

Andrew Stout
Full Circle Farm
Carnation, Washington
Andrew started an organic farm 15 years ago on just five acres near North Bend, Washington. Today, Full Circle distributes food from his farms, organic and family farms, and for producers on the West Coast.

Jessica Kagele
Full Circle Farm
Carnation, Washington
Jessica comes from an eastern Washington wheat-farming family. She began as an intern at Full Circle Farm, moved on to implementing the compost production program, and now manages the Griffin Creek farm operations.

Jeremy Jackson
Growing Power
Chicago, Illinois
Jeremy began work at Growing Power when he was just 14 years old. He is now 23 and enjoys growing food, making compost, and building new farm sites in urban Chicago.

Michael Sheerin
Blackbird Restaurant
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago native Michael Sheerin is now the Executive Chef for his own Cicchetti Restaurant.

Chester Densmore
Marin Organic Glean Team
Star Route Farm
Bolinas, California
Chester, a volunteer, collects leftover fruits and vegetables after a field has been harvested, with the food usually donated to school lunch programs, non-profits and food banks.

 

Related Resources

Fighting Food Waste – Quest: The Science of Sustainability

Reducing Food Waste – KQED Forum Radio panel discussion & videos

Using Social Media to Rescue Food – Quest: The Science of Sustainability