food waste

EPA Releases First-of-Its-Kind Report on Food Waste

EPA Releases First-of-Its-Kind Report on Food Waste

In the U.S., more than one-third of food produced goes to waste. While these organic compounds may seem harmless to toss in a landfill, food makes up 22% of waste in landfills and emits greenhouse gases, namely methane, as it rots. For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report […]

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    9 Ways to Eat for a Healthier Planet

    9 Ways to Eat for a Healthier Planet

    By Danielle Nierenberg The food system accounts for more than one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study published in Nature Food. But with every meal, consumers have the opportunity to make climate-friendly decisions that reduce their carbon footprint. From eating seasonally to adopting a plant-forward diet, Food Tank is highlighting nine […]

    Recycling in the U.S. Is Failing, But These 7 Cities Are Doing Things Right

    Recycling in the U.S. Is Failing, But These 7 Cities Are Doing Things Right

    The recycling industry in America is broken. With unsellable scrap materials and already-burgeoning landfills, many consider the entire industry confusing and complex, at best, and a lost cause, at worst. Nevertheless, some local governments are trying to address program shortfalls with various policies. Over the last 20 years, as more and more scrap materials were […]

    How to Compost in Your Apartment

    How to Compost in Your Apartment

    While tossing orange peels and coffee grounds in the garbage might seem inconsequential, sending food waste to landfills has a real impact on climate change. When trapped without air, decomposing food in landfills produces methane: a greenhouse gas that’s at least 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the short term. As much as […]

    Hawaii Food Rescue Group Feeds Community During Pandemic

    Hawaii Food Rescue Group Feeds Community During Pandemic

    Last year, COVID-19 lockdowns forced many restaurants to close and events to be canceled at the last minute, so a lot of food that was already purchased stood to be wasted. “There were a lot of businesses that were faced with that harsh reality that they just had so much food that could not be […]

    The Case for Meal Kits: Environment’s Friend or Foe?

    The Case for Meal Kits: Environment’s Friend or Foe?

    The boom in the meal kit industry has never been more apparent than in the last 12 months. Meal delivery services are helping even the least talented cooks enjoy fresh, home-cooked meals and more and more companies are recognizing the value of this sector. The adoption rate of this fairly new industry has led to […]

    12 Creative Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Kitchen

    12 Creative Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Kitchen

    If you’ve found yourself in the kitchen more than usual during the past year, you’re not alone. About 40% of American adults report that they are cooking more since the coronavirus struck, according to the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2020 report. Demand for online food content and recipes has soared, and without lengthy commutes or […]