There is a consensus between the panelists that education is key. “We need to educate the kitchen staff to be creative and be able to use waste to create new dishes,” says Dadisi Olutosin, Co-Founder and Chief Culinary Officer of Plated Food Groupe.
“It can take 10 years to get maize to give you a 15-percent increase in productivity,” says Steiner, who previously worked in plant breeding. “And in one year you can get a 15-percent reduction in loss,” by implementing food loss mitigation strategies.
“Orange Is The New Black” actress Alysia Reiner teams up with Save The Food for a refrigerator raid on her friend Melissa Rivers. Reiner and Rivers show viewers how to turn leftovers into brand new meals that are fit to serve to friends, preventing them from becoming part of the one-third of food that is wasted in America.
Based on Treasure Island in San Francisco, Treasure8 begins with leftover or ugly fruits and vegetables from farmers’ fields and unwanted produce from food processing facilities. “We can take these very large waste streams and we can upcycle them into safe, tasty, healthy products and ingredients that can work at large scale distribution.” Childs says.
On Food Talk, Marion Nestle uncovers the common roots of food waste, nutrition myths, and overconsumption: “The root cause is overproduction in our food system.”
In case you missed it, you can watch the full NYC Summit on Food Loss and Food Waste on YouTube. Questions from the audience and engaging dialogue among speakers and panelists helped generate new ideas and spark action towards combating food loss and food waste from within communities, cities, and governments.
Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Tobias Grasso, President of North America for Sealed Air’s Food Care division about his relationship to food, passion for farmers, and vision for a stronger food system.
Organizations and individuals around the world develop smart mobile solutions to fight food waste. Food Tank has compiled a list of 15 food waste apps that change the way our food system works.
The 2018 Food Tank Summit, “Focusing on Food Loss and Food Waste,” will be held on October 3 at the New York University. In preparation for the upcoming Summit, Food Tank is highlighting 27 organizations in New York focusing on food loss and food waste.