Reducing Food Waste Requires Thinking Outside The Box
Reducing Food Waste Requires Thinking Outside The Box

According to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, nearly 133 billion pounds of food makes its way to the landfill each year in the U.S. Needless to say, this is an enormous amount of wasted food and it is creating major business, environmental, and social problems. Here, Meghan Stasz, Senior Director of Sustainability at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions about what food manufacturers can do to reduce or eliminate food waste in both manufacturing facilities and in their supply chains.

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