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Aramark and Compass Group Become Newest Signatories of the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment to Help Cut Regional Food Waste in Half by 2030
Aramark and Compass Group — two of the country’s leading foodservice companies — have officially committed to the PCFWC’s goal of reducing food waste by 50% along the West Coast of the United States by 2030. This pre-competitive partnership builds on each company’s ongoing efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle food waste across their operations.
Working for the world’s largest conservation organization on some of the biggest issues that will define our future, including the future of my own children, seems like something most people would be excited about. But the truth is, I wonder each day why it’s so difficult to get the world committed to ending food waste.
Fresh Del Monte Joins the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment to Help Cut Regional Food Waste in Half by 2030
Today, the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment (PCFWC) announced that Fresh Del Monte — a global produce company that is one of the world’s leading producers, distributors, and marketers of fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables — is the first grower to sign on to PCFWC’s goal of reducing and preventing food waste by 50% along the West Coast of the United States by 2030 as a climate change solution.
In the United States, 35% of food goes unsold or uneaten. This waste has enormous impacts on the environment – consuming cropland, fresh water, and other natural resources, while contributing approximately 4% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Food waste also affects the economy, notably on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada, which represents the world’s fifth-largest economy.
Last week, Project Drawdown released a major update to its landmark 2017 analysis of how the global community can implement currently available and readily scalable solutions to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. The update includes new models and data that have emerged over the last five years.
In response to disruptions of the food supply chain and the need to transform the food system to be more fair, competitive, and resilient, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) framework. The goal of this framework is to create “more and better markets that will benefit both producers and consumers, as well as address longstanding issues intensified by the pandemic.”
On April 26, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Defense Council, ReFED, and World Wildlife Fund, released “Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2023 Farm Bill,” a report detailing how Congress should prioritize food waste reduction in the next U.S. Farm Bill.
New Data Will Serve a Critical Role in Helping Food Businesses Along the West Coast Reduce Food Waste
The Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment has released new data showing how much food is going to waste at area grocery stores, where it is ending up, and what the impacts are. The data identifies food waste “hotspots” within grocery retail operations and serves as a guide for implementing reduction solutions.
Walmart and Sodexo Join Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment to Help Cut Regional Food Waste in Half by 2030
Today, the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment (PCFWC) announced that Sodexo US and Walmart U.S. have publicly committed to support and work towards PCFWC’s goal to reduce and prevent food waste by 50% along the West Coast of the United States by 2030 as a climate change solution.