Food Waste

Tackling Corporate Food Waste to Fight Climate Change and Hunger

most food waste goes directly into landfills

Each year, approximately 40% of food produced in the U.S. — nearly 133 billion pounds, or $165 billion dollars’ worth — goes uneaten. These are troubling figures when you consider that nearly 50 million Americans, (including 16 million children) go to bed hungry each night and that a 15% reduction in industrial food waste could generate enough food to feed 25 million people each year. 

ICCR’s food group members advocate for sustainable food production policies that minimize environmental and social impacts, and respect the universal right to food.

Beyond the lost opportunity to feed the hungry, most food waste goes directly into landfills where, through decomposition, it produces dangerous greenhouses gas emissions responsible for driving climate change. In fact, food waste in landfills is responsible for 23% of all methane emissions and 4.5% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Food waste also includes precious natural resources, accounting for 25% of water, 30% of fertilizer, and 31% of cropland wastage in the U.S. 

Featured Initiatives

ICCR members are tackling food waste by engaging Aramark, Costco, Cracker Barrel, Disney, Hilton, Mondelez, Texas Roadhouse, Target, and Whole Foods, inviting them to discuss the issue and begin to develop strategies to reduce these inefficiencies.

Featured Resources

Aramark announces 50% food waste reduction target

IKEA aims to cut food waste by 50%

Assessing Corporate Performance on Food Waste Reduction:  A Strategic Guide for Investors

Wasted: How America is Losing up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

Keeping Food on the Plate and Out of Landfills

Hazon Food Audit Toolkit and Food Guide 

Food Waste Overview

The EPA's "Food Steward" Pledge

ReFED's Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste

Champions 12.3 2016 Progress Report