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The Restaurant Chain With Nothing But Food Waste On The Menu

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by

Bart Roetert felt a familiar sense of frustration as he walked past the leftover food piling up at the end of his grocery store shift ― overripe mangoes, day-old bread and one blemished tomato on a vine of five other perfectly good ones. It was a cold November afternoon in 2013, and Roetert was working […]

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A Ghanaian Chef Feeding His Country and Combating Food Waste

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 by

Ghanaian chef Elijah Amoo Addo is on a mission to feed his nation on the excesses the food industry creates. Since 2012, he has been collecting unwanted stock or food nearing its use-by date from suppliers, farmers and restaurants in Ghana to redistribute to orphanages, hospitals, schools and vulnerable communities through his not-for-profit organization Food […]

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Food Waste Becomes Delicious Meals with an Agenda at Rooster Soup

Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 by

A new Philadelphia restaurant makes soup from leftover chicken and donates 100 percent of its profits to a nonprofit fighting hunger and homelessness. Restaurant obsessives around the country turned their eyes to Philadelphia one day in late January for the eagerly anticipated opening of Rooster Soup Company, a diner in the heart of the […]

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Startup Grows Food for Restaurants With Kitchen Leftovers

Posted on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 by

Food, as we know, is a terrible thing to waste. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted every year. But what if we could use food waste to create more food? That’s the elegantly full-circle idea behind Indie Ecology, a West Sussex food waste farm that collects […]

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For One Fine-Dining Chef, Cutting Food Waste Saves The Planet And The Bottom Line

Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018 by

Tim Ma prepares a duck confit salad at his restaurant, Kyirisan, in Washington, D.C. Ma says being mindful about reducing food waste is an integral part of his philosophy in the kitchen — not just for environmental reasons but also for profitability. Where other chefs might see kitchen trash, Tim Ma finds treasure — […]

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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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