Food Tank, a think tank for food, and Compass Group are offering a virtual event to discuss food wastage on Stop Food Waste Day at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday.
In the United States, up to 40 percent of the food that is produced every year is wasted. That’s an economic loss of $218 billion per year. A household of four spends an average of $1,500 or more each year on food that isn’t eaten.
Food leaders at the food waste event will discuss the importance of reducing food waste and offering solutions in how food loss and food waste can be solved.
Among the speakers are:
- Eric Leroy Adams, current borough president of Brooklyn in New York City.
- U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.
- Chef Lorenzo Boni, executive chef for Barilla America.
- Chris Ivens-Brown, chief culinary officer at Eurest.
- Ed Brown, president of Restaurant Services at Restaurant Associates.
- Jean Buzby, USDA food loss and waste liaison.
- Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated musician and UNEP humanitarian.
- Ron Finley, teaches communities how to transform food deserts into food sanctuaries.
- Maisie Ganzler, chief strategy and brand officer at Bon Appétit Co.
- Dana Gunders, executive director of ReFED, a food waste nonprofit.
- Michael Hancock, mayor of Denver, Colorado.
- Sam Kass, partner at Acre Venture Partners and former White House Chef and senior policy advisor.
- Vi Lyles, mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Emily Ma, head of Food for Good at Google.
- U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse
- Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank.
- U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree
- Enrique Salmón, head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University.
- Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
- Tristram Stuart, author and the founder of Feedback.
- Jon Utech, director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at the Cleveland Clinic.
- Jodi Smith Westwater, oversees Microsoft’s dining program.
- Michelle Wu, member of the Boston City Council.
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