France’s war on waste makes it most food sustainable country

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 by

A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability. Japan, Germany, Spain and Sweden rounded out the top five in an index published […]

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WWF, AHLA, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Food Waste Reduction Toolkit

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 by

  , The hotel industry continues to pursue a food waste-free future as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Rockefeller Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) release a toolkit with strategies to help hotel properties and brands meet measurable, time-bound goals to reduce food waste. The resources are based on the results of a set of projects […]

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How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017 by

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, […]

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Vermont Has Developed America’s Most Comprehensive Food System Plan: How Did They Do It?

Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by

The burning of fossil fuels to power society—together with the clearing of carbon sinks such as forests for housing, agriculture, and other purposes—has created dangerous conditions for the resilience of food systems. Two reports from the US Department of Agriculture describe the anticipated detrimental effects of climate change on most crops, livestock, ecosystems, and human workers (these effects will […]

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My high school throws out a stupid amount of food. What can I do?

Posted on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by

  The questions that land in the Ask Umbra inbox are, by turns, incredibly vague, hyper-specific, heartily baffling, and genuinely touching. (Send more of them!) But there are very few that ask for help in making community-level change, which is what we’re supposed to be doing here these days. When Jada Glaves, 17, wrote to me about […]

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Anthony Bourdain Tackles Food Waste in New Documentary

Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017 by

A new documentary from chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, WASTED! The Story of Food Waste explores both the problem of food waste in the U.S. and possible solutions from around the globe. The documentary features renowned chefs and food leaders, including Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, Danny Bowien and Dr. Judith Rodin, who demonstrate potential ways to help solve the food waste problem. […]

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Arup proposes using food waste as building materials

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by

Beyond being delicious, peanuts, rice, bananas, potatoes and mushrooms have something else in common—they are all being proposed by Arup group as potential building materials in their new report titled “The Urban Bio-Loop.” THE BIOLOOP Nature becomes an endless source of feedstock for the built environment According to the authors, the report aims […]

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Organic Food and Farm-to-Table Pioneer Alice Waters Is Creating a Revolution in School Lunches

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by

When I spoke with Alice Waters, we didn’t focus on her famed restaurant, Chez Panisse, or her profound impact on the way we eat today, starting with the concept of farm to table. Rather, we talked about her passionate, decades-long campaign to provide organic school lunches to kids across the country. Waters has long advocated […]

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Report identifies 6 applications for organic waste in construction

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 by

  Dive Brief: The consulting firm Arup released a report on Oct. 11 detailing how organic waste could be used in construction projects to further “close the loop” and develop a more circular economy. The report mentions, for example, using potato peels as a fire-resistant insulating material and sound dampener. The report identifies six main areas where organic material can […]

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Innovative Ways Companies Are Re-Purposing Food Waste

Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by

SPENT GRAINS Spent grains are all the leftover malt after beer has been extracted from the mash; they make up nearly 85% of a brewery’s byproduct. Many breweries try to re-purpose these residual grains by giving them to local farms to use as compost or feed, but there’s too much spent grain being produced to […]

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