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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]

The Benefits

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.

EPA Food Recovery HierarchyThere 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.

Get Support & Get Involved

Key solutions to reducing food waste rely on collaboration within the industry and engaging with supply chain stakeholders. The Climate Collaborative is establishing networking opportunities to help companies align with public-private partnerships in this area. Our goal is to support your company in meeting your food waste reduction goals by helping to accelerate the learning process and facilitate the connections you need.

We are developing a white paper and webinar to identify food waste causes, issues, and reduction opportunities within the supply chain while highlighting industry best practices. The paper will include guidelines for food waste prevention, recovery and recycling, along with an expanded list of resources and policy efforts.

Understanding your particular areas of interest and needs in establishing food waste reduction targets, roadmaps, and tracking processes will help us to help you. Please let us know your needs and interests.  [EF1] 


Make a Commitment



Our Food Waste Resources page highlights case studies, videos, tools, and other resources from our partners to help organizations reduce food waste in their supply chain.

3pm Bites
Alter Eco
Amavida Coffee Roasters
American Licorice Company
Aslan Brewing Co
Backpacker's Pantry & Chef Soraya
Ben & Jerry's
Biotic Beverages
Bluebird Botanicals
Bread Alone
Buchi Kombucha
Casa Sanchez Foods
Cha's Organics
Clif Family Winery
Davidson's Organic Tea
Deklo Technologies
Dr. Bronner's
Endorfin Foods
EO Products
Forager Project
Good Food For Good
Hippie Snacks
Imlak'esh Organics
Lettuce Grow
Loving Earth
Lundberg Family Farms
Manzana Products Co., Inc.
Maple Wellness Foods
Moon Valley Organics
Mountain Mels
Nana Joe's Granola
Nature's Path
New Barn
Ninglement Inc
North Coast Brewing Company
Peak State
Pharmanza Herbal
Prana Biovegan
Pratt Standard
Rogue Creamery
Skagit Valley Malting
Straus Family Creamery
SunRidge Farms
Sustain Bars
Teatulia Organic Teas
The Philosopher's Stoneground
Tony's Coffee
True Purpose Brands
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Ashland Food Co-op
Blue Apron
Boise Co-op
Co+opportunity Market & Deli
Community Food Co-op
Cornucopia Natural Foods
Figgs Ordinary
Glen's Garden Market
Healthy Way Market
LifeSource Natural Foods
MaMa Jean's Natural Market
MOM's Organic Market
Mud Lake
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
Sentient Bean and Brighter Day
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

Adaptations Inc
Fresca Foods
Giusto's Specialty Foods
JM Smucker Company
Jungle Project
Left Coast Naturals
Maple Valley Cooperative
Mountain Rose Herbs
New England Natural Bakers, Inc
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
Community Planet Foundation
Fucol Group Capital
Generate Capital
Hela Bima Rice Project
Legacy Vacation Resorts
Marin Restorative Communications
Metta Earth Institute, Inc.
Mindful & Good
MK Library
Natural Network
New Hope Network
Nia Impact Capital
Organic & Regenerative Investment Cooperative
Planted Cuisine
Pure Strategies
ReGen Partners LLC
Soil & More Impacts
The Determined
The HERD Foundation
The Naturalist
Triage Limited
Tribal Code
Vanguard Renewables
with Wind, LLC