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The Climate Case

Globally, food waste contributes about 8% of the total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) – nearly as much as global road transport emissions! [1] In the U.S., nearly 40% of the food we produce goes to waste -- more than 62 million tons of the food we grow, process, and bring to market each year is never eaten.[2] Reducing U.S. food waste by 20% within the next decade could prevent 18 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.[3]

Roughly 43% of all food waste comes from households while the remainder is spread throughout the food supply chain: 40% from consumer-facing businesses such as distributors, retail grocers, restaurants, food service providers, 16% from farms, and 2% from food manufacturing.[3]

Businesses that commit to reducing food waste in their supply chains can reduce their climate change impacts while increasing their profits. Preventing food loss at the source reduces costs by saving ingredients, packaging, labor, and waste removal. It also prevents the waste of the water, energy, and other resources that went into producing the food.

There are abundant opportunities to prevent food waste at every phase, including:

  • Standardized date labeling
  • Consumer education
  • Produce specifications
  • Manufacturing line optimization
  • Cold chain management
  • Embracing “ugly” produce
  • Waste tracking and packaging innovations technologies

Innovative solutions for food waste recovery can divert food to higher value uses including feeding hungry people, animals, industrial fuel conversion and energy recovery, and more, thereby reducing the need for additional food and feed.

Take Action

Many companies get started by conducting a food waste audit to identify opportunities for improvements throughout the supply chain. Next steps include tracking food waste, setting goals, measuring progress utilizing existing tools and standards, and implementing actions for waste prevention and recovery.[4]

Cost-effective and scalable ways to reduce food waste vary within the supply chain. While farmers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants might focus on different process improvements to reduce food waste, there are considerable opportunities for working with supply chain partners.

Companies committing to reducing food waste in their supply chain will be expected to complete a short annual questionnaire updating the Climate Collaborative on progress made toward the commitment.


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Alter Eco
Amavida Coffee Roasters
American Licorice Company
Ancient Nutrition
Arff! Petcare
Aslan Brewing Co
Backpacker's Pantry & Chef Soraya
Bake Me Healthy
Ben & Jerry's
Big Tree Farms
Biotic Beverages
Blue Bus Cultured Foods
Bluebird Botanicals
Bread Alone
Brew Dr. Kombucha
Bright Future Foods
Buchi Kombucha
Casa Sanchez Foods
Cha's Organics
Clif Family Winery
Comet Bio
Daiya Foods
Davidson's Organic Tea
Deklo Technologies
Dr. Bronner's
Eat the Change
Eden Foods
Endorfin Foods
EO Products
Foggy Bottom Boys
Forager Project
The Fruit Guys
GoGo Quinoa
Good Food For Good
Hippie Snacks
Homefree, LLC
Humble Snacks Inc.
Imlak'esh Organics
Lettuce Grow
Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Loving Earth
Lundberg Family Farms
Manzana Products Co., Inc.
Maple Wellness Foods
Marty's Meals/Shine
Misfits Market
Moon Valley Organics
Nana Joe's Granola
Nature's Path
New Barn
Ninglement Inc
North Coast Brewing Company
Once Again Nut Butter
Peak State
Pharmanza Herbal
Pines International, Inc.
Prana Biovegan
Pratt Standard
Rich Nuts
Rogue Creamery
Rumiano Cheese Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Skagit Valley Malting
The Steeping Room
Straus Family Creamery
SunRidge Farms
Teatulia Organic Teas
The Philosopher's Stoneground
Tony's Coffee
True Purpose Brands
Twrl Milk Tea
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
The Wonderful Company

Ashland Food Co-op
Blue Apron
Boise Co-op
Co+opportunity Market & Deli
Community Food Co-op
Cornucopia Natural Foods
Crunchy Mama Box
Figgs Ordinary
Glen's Garden Market
Healthy Way Market
Hive Brands, Inc.
LifeSource Natural Foods
MaMa Jean's Natural Market
MOM's Organic Market
Narrative Food
Orcas Food Co-op
Organic Food Depot
Oryana Food Cooperative
Outpost Natural Foods
PCC Community Markets
Portland Food Co-op
Pure Fresh & Organic
Rising Tide Co-op
Sunflower Natural Foods Market
The Merc Co+op
The Food Mill
Viroqua Food Co-op
Weaver's Way Cooperative Association
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Williamson Street Grocery
Ypsilanti Food Co-op

Hummingbird Wholesale
Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.
Wholesale Nuts and Dried Fruit

Adaptations Inc
Aliet Green
Eco Gloves
Fresca Foods
Giusto's Specialty Foods
Hercules Food Co
JM Smucker Company
Jungle Project
Left Coast Naturals
Maple Valley Cooperative
Mountain Rose Herbs
New England Natural Bakers, Inc
Nimco Corporation
Notas al Aire SLU
Organically Grown
Sustainable Sourcing LLC
Tribe 9 Foods
Yellow Emperor

Global Family Farms
Kamut International
Skinny Farm
Timeless Food

1908 Brands
Active Wisdoms Corporation
ADinfinitum, Inc
Beneficial Results LLC
Bioenergy Devco
Buy Pure New Zealand
Clean Energy Fuel
Climate Dads
Cold Creek Compost
Comercio Competitivo Inc.
Community Planet Foundation
Davidson Anesthesia, PLLC Ecodeo
Generate Capital
Hela Bima Rice Project
Human Needs Project
Kinarya Coop
The Label Link
Legacy Vacation Resorts
Marin Restorative Communications
Metta Earth Institute, Inc.
Mindful & Good
MK Library
Natural Network
The Natural Growth Company
New Hope Network
Nia Impact Capital
Organic & Regenerative Investment Cooperative
Planted Cuisine
Pure Strategies
ReGen Partners LLC
Shift the Prism Advisory
Soil & More Impacts
The Determined
The HERD Foundation
The Naturalist
Thrive Meetings + Events
Triage Limited
Tribal Code
Vanguard Renewables