AFBF part of partnership to curb food waste.
According to No Taste for Waste, a surprising amount of farmers’ harvests never reach their intended source. In fact, as many as 160 billion pounds of food are left uneaten each year. (Illinois Farm Bureau file photo)
By DeLoss Jahnke
Farmers put great effort into producing their crops knowing they’re feeding a growing population. Unfortunately, a surprising amount of farmers’ harvests never reach their intended source.
According to No Taste for Waste, as many as 160 billion pounds of food are left uneaten each year. Food waste is the single greatest contributor to landfills, and significant portions of valuable inputs — including water — are dedicated to crops that will eventually be discarded.
The No Taste for Waste initiative is a collaboration between the American Farm Bureau Federation, CropLife America, The Meredith Corporation, and Valent, to bring attention to the nation’s food waste problem. One product of the initiative is a bookazine called “Waste Less, Save More,” which appeared on shelves last summer.
“We know that the last thing that a farmer wants to do after putting in a crop, harvesting that crop, selling that crop, is to see that go to waste,” said Kellie Bray, senior director of government affairs for CropLife America. “It’s really neat to be able to connect those stories with some great recipes and how we can use every bit of that food.”
Bray hopes that the consumers’ growing demand for traceability will encourage them to use more and waste less.
“We know that people want to know where their food comes from,” Bray said. “The farmers want people to enjoy that food. Why not connect the two? We know food is something that people enjoy with their families, with their friends…a reason to gather. So being able to use all of the food and not see any wasted has to make everybody feel good.”
Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.