Food System

New Study Measures the 'Foodprint' of Food Waste

Nov 28th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

As you scrape food into the trash, do you ever stop to think about all the resources you’re throwing away along with it? The land it was grown on, the water and fertilizer that helped it grow, the energy used to harvest, store and deliver it? A new study, by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Sustainable America, considered these questions by analyzing the resource use associated with our diet, including the portion that gets wasted. Our infographic breaks down the results.
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Food System

Why (and How!) Your School Should Do a Student Food Waste Audit

Apr 26th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

Food waste happens at all points in our food system, and school cafeterias are no exception. With 31 million school lunches being served every day, there’s a tremendous untapped opportunity to prevent student food waste and teach kids about food conservation at the same time.
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Food System

New Program! Sign Up to Reduce Food Waste & Save Money

Aug 8th, 2016 | By Sustainable America

Today, we're excited to launch a new online program that can help you break the cycle of food waste in your kitchen. It's called I Value Food: Too Good to Waste, and it's based on successful strategies developed by the U.S. EPA. Through this program, many families have reduced food waste by up to 50%, saving up to $1,600 per year!
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Eco Living

Our Most Popular Food and Fuel Stories of 2015

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

In case you missed any, here’s a roundup of our most popular blog posts of 2015. As you can see by this list, our readers are more interested than ever in learning about the food waste problem and finding ways to fix it. On the fuel side, stories about innovation and idling reduction were popular, too.
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Food System

Sustainable America Receives Grant to Expand Food Waste Education

Nov 12th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

Earlier this year, we launched I Value Food, a national campaign to help educate people about food waste and how to reduce it. Soon, we'll be kicking off a project closer to home, here in Connecticut. We were just awarded a $25,000 grant from the EPA's New England office to implement a Food: Too Good to Waste program with members of faith-based congregations in the Greater Bridgeport and Stamford areas.
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Food System

USDA and EPA Set Historic Goal to Cut U.S. Food Waste in Half

Sep 16th, 2015 | By Amy Leibrock

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.
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Transportation

New Efficiency Standards Ordered for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Feb 21st, 2014 | By Nicole Rogers

As part of an ongoing efficiency and conservation effort, President Obama announced this week that his administration will set higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2016, a move that could reduce dependence on foreign oil, cut fuel costs, and lower consumer prices.
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Food System

Sign the Petition: Help End Food Waste

Feb 5th, 2014 | By Amy Leibrock

Food Shift, a nonprofit organization that works to find sustainable solutions to reduce food waste, has started a petition that we’re enthusiastically supporting. It’s an appeal to the EPA to approve and fund “Food: Too Good to Waste,” a comprehensive toolkit designed to help communities across the country reduce the amount of food they lose and waste. You're invited to learn more and show your support.
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Food System

What is a factory farm?

Aug 8th, 2012 | By Aubrey Yee

A burger is a burger is a burger right? Well, not always so. Where and how your food was raised can make a distinct difference in the taste and nutritional quality of the food. But it’s also important to realize that the food system you choose to support every time you eat can make a difference. Large-scale industrial agriculture contributes to higher oil and fuel usage, more pesticide usage, loss of crop diversity, soil degradation and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
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