Reducing Wasted Food
Food Waste Reduction: Benefits for the Planet, People – and Your Business
In the US today, up to 40% of all food grown and produced is never eaten, and nearly 40% of that amount is generated by consumer-facing businesses like supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants. It’s an enormous waste of environmental resources, including freshwater and cropland, and is responsible for more than one-fifth of all landfill volume. It’s also a major factor impacting the climate – in fact, the 2020 Drawdown Review from Project Drawdown ranks “reduced food waste” as the #3 solution to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions. Food that is wasted could have gone to the millions of people struggling with food insecurity – a number that Feeding America reports could grow to more than 54 million this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. And the economic cost of food that is produced but never eaten is a huge $218 billion dollars each year.
That’s why the Pacific Coast Collaborative has launched the West Coast Voluntary Agreement to Reduce Wasted Food. It’s an easy way for food retailers throughout British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and the cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles to work with their suppliers to help cut the amount of food wasted in the region by 50% by the year 2030 – which is in line with the USDA’s US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions goal and Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 from the United Nations.
Agreement Signatories Include:
Supporting Partners Include:
Joining the West Coast Voluntary Agreement is good for your business:
- Participants in a similar regional collaboration in the UK reported a 14:1 return on investment in food waste reduction.
- Increase operational efficiency will decreasing your environmental footprint.
- Show shareholders, customers and employees that your business is committed to tangible action to increase sustainability.
All Agreement signatories receive:
- Dedicated point of contact
- Development and ongoing review of customized action plan
- Access to technical assistance
- Access to tools and resources
- Exclusive networking event and workshops
- PR opportunities
- Recognition as an industry leader