Food System

'I Want to Compost, but...'

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By Jen Wendeln

A recent study found that 67% of Americans would be willing to compost food waste if it was more convenient to do so. Since convenience means different things to different people, we thought we’d address a few common questions and issues that serve as barriers to composting at home. Hopefully some of these answers will help you find a solution that works for you.
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Food System

Flipping the Farm-to-Table Equation

Dec 13th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

A handful of high-end farm-to-table restaurants in cities like New York City and Orlando have found a new way to get the most out of the close ties they keep with local farmers. Vegetable peelings from the kitchen and leftover fare from diners’ plates is catching a ride back to the farm to become gourmet livestock feed. The arrangement means savings for farmers and, thanks to better-fed birds, cows and pigs, better-tasting meals on customers’ plates.
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Eco Living

Campuses Fight Food Waste

Nov 14th, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

From trayless cafeterias to thriving food recovery programs and composting, college campuses and students are tackling food waste and food insecurity nationwide. We highlight some effective programs.
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Eco Living

Music, Summertime and Food Waste

Jul 29th, 2013 | By Laura Waldman

Public events like conferences, concerts and festivals present a great opportunity to make a dent in the 40% of food wasted in the United States. With that in mind, we've partnered with the Alive @ Five concert series in Stamford, Conn., this summer to help divert the event's food waste to be composted rather than where it usually goes: the landfill.
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Innovation

Sustainable America Partners With SXSW Eco 2013

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

We're proud to announce that Sustainable America has been chosen as the official Food & Waste Education Partner for the SXSW Eco 2013 conference. Along with exhibiting at the conference, which runs October 7-9, we will help SXSW Eco implement a composting program in order to help achieve a zero-waste event.
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Transportation

The U.S. Food Waste Challenge

Jun 21st, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

Earlier this month, the USDA and the EPA teamed-up to launch the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. The challenge asks individuals and groups from every facet of the food system – including farmers, producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, government agencies, and consumers – to reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills.
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Eco Living

The US and UK Take on Food Waste

Jun 5th, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

In light of the new U.S. Food Waste Challenge announced this week by the USDA, we're taking a look at proactive stance the United Kingdom has taken against the same problem across the pond.
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Transportation

The Massachusetts Food Waste Ban

Apr 12th, 2013 | By Nicole Rogers

Some states and municipalities in the U.S. are implementing food waste bans that prohibit sending food waste to landfills. Massachusetts has one of the most ambitious plans to ban large businesses and institutions from discarding food waste beginning in 2014.
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Eco Living

A Surprising Food Waste Solution

Mar 25th, 2013 | By Amy Leibrock

When it comes to disposing of kitchen food waste, nothing beats good, old-fashioned composting. But if you haven't made the leap yet, there may another way to prevent your food scraps from ending up in landfills. In fact, you may already be using it.
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Eco Living

Sustainable America's Resolutions

Dec 31st, 2012 | By Nicole Rogers

The Sustainable America staff offers our food and fuel resolutions for 2013!
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