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Starbucks to Donate All of Its Unsold Food

By 2021 that will add up to nearly 50M meals a year

(Newser) - Some 70 billion pounds of food is wasted in the US annually—but you won't find a single unused Starbucks spinach and feta breakfast wrap in the mix by 2021. The company announced Tuesday it plans to donate 100% of unsold food within five years as part of a... More »

Supermarket That Sells Only Expired Food Now Open

Copenhagen's WeFood hopes to cut down on staggering food waste

(Newser) - "Is that milk past its 'sell-by' date? Drink it anyway." So proclaimed the headline of a recent op-ed for the Los Angles Times on the topic of whether "expired" food is OK to eat. Most Americans don't seem to think so: A 2013 study co-authored... More »

How a 20-Year-Old Saved 4K Pounds of Uneaten Food

Maria Rose Belding's MEANS Database connects pantries with donors

(Newser) - There are 48 million Americans who, at some point each year, may be unable to get enough food. Meanwhile, a third of the country's food goes to waste . This isn't as easy an issue to solve as it sounds—something Maria Rose Belding realized while volunteering at a... More »

Nearly Half Our Edible Seafood Is Going Uneaten

Consumers are throwing out 1.3B pounds every year

(Newser) - US consumers throw out or otherwise waste 1.3 billion pounds of edible seafood every year—that's more than a quarter of the country's annual supply, according to a press release from John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Those numbers come from a new study published in... More »

Feds: Time to Stop Wasting 1/3 of Our Food

Government wants to halve waste in 15 years

(Newser) - The amount of perfectly good food that Americans throw away every year is enough to feed dozens of smaller countries, and the federal government says it's time to cut the waste dramatically. We throw away around a third of our food, and the USDA and EPA have partnered with... More »

31% of Land We Use to Grow Food Is Wasted

Survey: Most Americans think they're less to blame than others

(Newser) - A new study might make you think twice about how much food you throw away. Not only does 31% to 40% of American food go to waste, at a cost of $161.6 billion in 2010, but you're probably wasting more than you think—because almost 75% of Americans... More »

We Need a National Standard on Expiration Dates

Too much food is being wasted, say the editors at Bloomberg

(Newser) - Chances are you glance at the expiration date on food before tossing it into your shopping cart. The problem is, those dates are "almost completely arbitrary" and get stamped on there under a system that is "remarkably haphazard," complain the editors at Bloomberg View . They argue that... More »

France May Force Groceries to Give Food to Charity

Bill mandates that big supermarkets give unsold edibles to charities, farms

(Newser) - France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food as part of a national campaign against food waste. The amendment approved by the National Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) late yesterday is part of a larger environmental bill and would require big supermarket chains to... More »

Olive Garden: Breadstick Policy Is 'Italian Generosity'

Company defends itself against investor manifesto

(Newser) - Olive Garden has fired back in the battle of the breadsticks . The Florida-based chain's parent company says the unlimited breadstick policy—one of many things criticized by hedge fund Starboard Value—is an example of "Italian generosity." In its response to Starboard's 300-page criticism, Darden Restaurants... More »

Olive Garden Investor Slams Chain Over ... Breadsticks

294-page manifesto also complains about asparagus length, logo, pasta water

(Newser) - Everyone who was lucky enough to nab an Olive Garden all-you-can-eat pass , get ready. Starboard Value, an investor trying to wrest control from Olive Garden's parent company, submitted a nearly 300-page filing to the SEC yesterday outlining that it takes umbrage with the restaurant's unlimited breadstick policy, stating... More »

Supermarket's New Power Source: Its Expired Food

'Digestion plant' will turn rotten food into bio-gas

(Newser) - Food in a British supermarket too rotten to be sold is still being digested—by a plant that turns it into electricity to power the store. The Sainsbury's store says it's the first retail outlet in the country to remove itself from the national power grid, receiving electricity... More »

Bloomberg's Latest: Mandatory Food Composting

Pilot programs have been successful

(Newser) - New York City has been experimenting with pilot food-composting programs—and it's worked surprisingly well, officials say. Now, Michael Bloomberg is pushing to make composting mandatory, as it is in Seattle, San Francisco, and many other cities, the New York Times reports. The program, in which residents drop food... More »

Solution to Our Wasteful Ways: 60-Day Bread?

New microwave technique can keep mold away for 2 months

(Newser) - The average family of four trashes $2,275 worth of food each year, and a third of the bread purchased in the UK ends up in the rubbish bin—but a newly developed technique could help whittle down those depressing figures. As the BBC explains, an American company called Microzap... More »

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