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Reducing Food Loss and Waste Workshop
October 17, 2018, Washington, DC

Report Release: Housing, Health and Homelessness
July 11, 2018 11am-12pm, Washington, DC

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

January 30-21, 2018, Washington, DC

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January 23, 2018 Arlington, VA




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Project Scope

On October 17th, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Science and Technology for Sustainability Program hosted a public event, Reducing Food Loss and Waste: A Workshop on Impacts

The workshop focused on addressing the impacts of reducing food loss and waste on 1) farmers, 2) food prices, 3) food availability, and 4) the environment. Major objectives of the workshop included:

  • To explore the significant cost-benefit impacts of reducing food loss and waste including the role of changes to food prices and food availability in assessing net benefits and the distributional implications for farmer owners and operators;  
  • To identify research gaps and options for improving existing farming, transportation, processing, retailing and consumption practices, taking into account the costs and benefits of reducing food loss and waste;
  • To examine the role of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in adopting best practices to improve benefits and reduce costs; and
  • To discuss opportunities for partnerships to address the issues of food loss and waste. 
The workshop was built on two previous workshops hosted by STS addressing the sustainability challenges associated with providing food security. 

Meetings & Events

Reducing Food Loss and Waste - A Workshop on Impacts

October 17, 2018
National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Ave NW (Room 120)
Washington, DC



Agenda and Presentations

8:30 am          Welcome 
                              Franklin Carrero-Martínez, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

8:35 am          Introduction 
                              Ann Bartuska, Resources for the Future, Committee Chair

8:45 am         Framing Remarks: Identifying Needs and Challenges in Reducing Food Loss and Waste: A Food Supply Chain Perspective from Field to Plate 
                              Bojana Bajzelj, Waste and Resources Action Programme

Session I: Understanding Impacts of Evolving Food System on Waste and Loss
Session Goal: Begin to understand what new measures and policies have been developed to understand impacts of evolving food system on waste and loss.

9:25 am          Metrics for Understanding Food Loss and Waste 
                              Moderator: Prabhu Pingali (NAS), Cornell University
                              • Carola Fabi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 
                              • Jean Buzby, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service 
                              • Kai Robertson, World Resources Institute

10:25 am          BREAK

10:40 am          Impact of E-Commerce, New Tools, Policies, and Measures (National and Global Perspective) 
                              Moderator: Alison Grantham, Blue Apron
                              • Ahmed Kablan, U.S. Agency for International Development
                              • Elise Golan, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
                              • Nell Fry, Sodexo North America

11:25 am          Discussion: Identifying Needs and Challenges

11:40 am          Impact of E-Commerce, New Tools, Policies, and Measures (Private-Sector Perspective) 
                              Moderator: Alison Grantham, Blue Apron
                              • Richard Tracy, Global Cold Chain Alliance 
                              • Ricky Ashenfelter, Spoiler Alert 
                              • Rob Wilson, Toast Ale

12:25 pm          Discussion: Identifying Needs and Challenges

12:40 pm          WORKING LUNCH 
                              Speaker: Mary Muth, RTI International

Session II: Examining Impacts of Reducing Food Loss and Waste
Session Goal: To explore the impacts of reducing food loss and waste on food availability, food prices, farmers’ incomes, and the environment.

1:35 pm          Panel I: Impacts of Reducing Food Loss and Waste on Food Availability 
                              Moderator: Brian Roe, Ohio State University
                              • Liz Baldridge, Feeding America
                              • Denise Osterhues, The Kroger Company 
                              • Thomas Hertel, Purdue University

2:20 pm          Discussion

2:30 pm          BREAK

2:45 pm          Panel II: Impacts of Reducing Food Loss and Waste on Food Prices and Farm Incomes 
                              Moderator: Suzanne Thornsbury, U.S. Department of Agriculture
                              • Timothy Richards, Arizona State University 
                              • Rob Vos, International Food Policy Research Institute 
                              • Pete Pearson, World Wildlife Fund

3:30 pm          Discussion

3:40 pm          Panel III: Impacts of Reducing Food Loss and Waste on the Environment
                              Moderator: Lucyna Kurtyka, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
                              • Lana Suarez, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                              • Roni Neff, Johns Hopkins University

4:25 pm          Discussion

4:35 pm          A Path Forward: Future Needs and Opportunities 
                              All Participants, with Ann Bartuska, Moderator

5:00 pm          Summary Remarks
                              Ann Bartuska, Resources for the Future, Committee Chair

5:10 pm          Workshop Conclusion

Disclaimer: This website contains unedited verbatim presentations made by meeting participants and is not an official report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Opinions and statements included in this material are solely those of the individual authors. They have not been verified as accurate, nor do they necessarily represent the views of other meeting participants, the committee, or the Academies.


Reports

Forthcoming...

Committee Members

  • Ann Bartuska (Chair), Vice President for Land, Water, and Nature Program, Resources for the Future
  • Alison Grantham, Director, Food Systems Research and Development, Blue Apron
  • Lucyna Kurtyka, Senior Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
  • Prabhu Pingali (NAS), Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Founding Director, Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, Cornell University
  • Brian Roe, Van Buren Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University
     

Sponsors

The project is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bayer CropScience and ConAgra Foods.