Keystone Provides Essential Support for Public-Private Partnership Working to Reduce Food Waste
Coalition Launches Online Hub for Information, Solutions To Reduce Food Loss, Waste
KEYSTONE, CO, January 26, 2017 — Further With Food, a coalition Keystone Policy Center is helping lead, launched an online hub for the exchange of information and solutions that can help achieve the national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030.
Further With Food will help key stakeholders — including businesses, government entities, investors, NGOs, academics, and individuals — learn more about their roles in meeting a national goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent. In addition to stimulating widespread adoption of proven solutions, Further With Food will enable coordination among stakeholders and will reduce duplication of efforts.
“Because food waste is one of the most pressing — and solvable — challenges of our time, we are proud to be one of the founders of this effort,” said Sally Greenberg, a Keystone Trustee and Executive Director of the National Consumers League. “Further With Food will be a place to compare notes on what’s working, to build on new ideas, and to scale the most effective solutions so that, together, we can build a more resilient and productive food system.”
The United States spends more than $162 billion growing, processing, and transporting food that is never eaten, costing the average family of four $1,500 every year. In the process, fresh water, energy, land, labor, and money are invested into food that’s never sold and meals that are never served, and leading to greenhouse gas emissions as food rots in landfills. With the announcement of Further With Food, the members of this public-private partnership are seeking to uncover and share proven solutions, as well as to ensure efforts are streamlined and effective.
Further With Food will feature content on best practices for preventing, recovering and recycling food loss and waste; educational materials; research results; and information on existing government, business and community initiatives.
The participants in the Further With Food collaboration include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Feeding America, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, National Consumers League, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Restaurant Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. Major funding was provided by the Rockefeller Foundation. Keystone Policy Center provided technical assistance to the coalition.
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