EndFoodWaste.org co-chaired the first ever Zero Food Waste Forum with Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on October 16, 2014 in Berkeley, California. It was a great two-day event to gather stakeholders from all around the U.S. and some from afar, to work on solutions for a zero food waste future. For more on the first Zero Food Waste Forum, please click here.
The concept of the Zero Food Waste Forum is to follow the food recovery hierarchy that looks for highest and best use for extra food first. The hierarchy tells us that preventing wasted or extra food in the first place has the biggest impact, then saving extra food for those in need is next best followed by feeding animals with extra food (or scraps), and the last step in a "Zero Food Waste" system would be for compost or anaerobic digestion with no landfilling of food or food scraps. The goal of the Zero food Waste Forum is to bring diverse groups together that work on the issue of food waste (but may not talk or even like each other) and build relationship and collaboration for a Zero Food Waste future. If you'd like to hold your own Zero Food Waste Forum, I may be able to help! Email me at ZeroFoodWasteForum@gmail.com for more and see below for past events.
On Friday, June 19, 2015, the first ever local Zero Food Waste Forum waste held in Austin, Texas. EndFoodWaste.org co-chaired the event with the City of Austin. It was a great day of foundation-laying for future collaborative efforts to end food waste and hunger in the Austin area. For more, please click here.
Coming Friday, February 19, 2016 in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, click here for the registration page. More information will be coming soon.