Food waste is a critical issue. Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50% of U.S. land, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40% of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten.
What chefs can do: Learn. Engage. Share.
- The Extraordinary Life and Times of Strawberry | Save The Food | Ad Council
- MUNCHIES: Combating food waste, featuring Dana Gunders (NRDC)
- NRDC Issue Paper – Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfil
CHEF POWER HOUR:
- Listen to our August 2016 Chef Power Hour podcast to learn how chefs can tackle food waste in the professional kitchen, featuring: Dana Gunders (Natural Resources Defense Council), Katherine Miller (James Beard Foundation), Danielle Nierenberg (Food Tank), Chef Steven Satterfield (Miller Union, Chefs Collaborative Local Leader), and Betsy Barrett (Food Policy Action). This Chef Power Hour was sponsored by Greener Fields Together.
In your restaurant – thank you to Member chef Steven Satterfield for sharing some approaches!
- Purchase wisely – think carefully about how much fresh food you will need
- Don’t discriminate against seconds or slightly damaged produce
- Preserve or put up for later use
- Serve smaller portions and encourage diners to take home leftovers
- Compost at home and in your restaurants!
- Donate food to local organizations
- Feed your staff with creative food waste challenges
- Track waste – huge $$ saving opportunity as you change cooking and purchasing behavior
In your community
- Educate your customers about how you help curb food waste, and about what they can do
With food policy opportunities
- Interested in joining Food Policy Action’s next Capitol Hill fly-in? Contact us and we’ll connect you with partners and friends on the ground taking action on this issue, including Food Policy Action, ReFED, James Beard Foundation & more.
Share what you’re learning about food waste with your chef and food professional network.