Our weekly reading list of the people, places, and discussions taking place in food insecurity across the country.
Just under 25 million American adults have experienced food insecurity at some point during the past three months according to an analysis of national surveys conducted by Zogby Analytics. I have closely examined interviews we have done with 10,278 adults nationwide since June and found a stunning 10.1% who said that “they have gone without food for 24 hours at a time in the past month because of a lack of money or food”. Extrapolated from a total adult population of over 244 million people (estimated in 2014), that makes it about 24.7 million Americans age 18 or over.
Currently, Vilsack says, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted each year. And if that’s hard to fathom, picture this: “It’s enough to fill the Sears Tower [technically now called the Willis Tower] 44 times,” Vilsack says.
USDA and EPA Set Historic Goal to Cut U.S. Food Waste in Half via Sustainable America Blog
Today is a groundbreaking day in the fight against food waste. The Obama administration announced the United States’ first-ever food waste reduction goal: Reduce food waste in America by 50 percent by 2030. To reach this goal, officials from the USDA and EPA said the federal government will be leading a new partnership with the private sector; charitable and faith-based organizations; and local, state and tribal governments. The news was delivered at a press conference in New York City at City Harvest, the country’s oldest food recovery organizations.
As part of its effort to act against climate change, the Obama administration has taken a sweeping stance to reduce food waste by 50% in the next 15 years.
The announcement Wednesday from the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency is a continuation of efforts in recent years to educate consumers about food date labels and safe food storage, as well as partnerships with food companies to address food insecurity and help figure out how to reduce the billions of pounds of food that go to landfills.
The Struggle to Feed America via Knowledge@Warton
Hunger in this country is not the result of scarcity. The United States exports more agricultural products than it imports (a record $152.5 billion in 2014), and domestically sells 30% more than consumers actually use (that’s how much is wasted each year — $162 billion worth of food that goes uneaten).
Scanning Away Food Waste via FoodTank
Chances are you encounter radio frequency identification (RFID) technology quite often. You’re doing so when you use a proximity card at work or a hotel, track a package, check out library books, or
become a scannable human. Within the food industry, RFID tags track food shipments’ progress at the pallet and truck level.
The global packaging company Avery Dennison is now working to bring that technology to supermarket shelves. Avery Dennison recently claimed that RFID tags could minimize retail food waste by 20 percent, which would yield savings of US$22 billion globally. James Stafford, Global Head of RFID Development, answered some questions on a technology that may just become embedded in your life in the near future.