- The Plate
Harnessing the Potential of a Nation’s Leftover Food
If we were able to save some of this food and reduce losses by just 15 percent, we could feed more than 25 million Americans every year, according to Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s significant when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food.
“The pressures on the global food system are undeniable. By 2050, it’s estimated the world’s food production must increase by 60 percent to feed a projected global population of 9 to 10 billion,” says Dana Gunders, staff scientist in food and agriculture for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “I see the huge amounts of wasted food as a reservoir we could be pulling from to meet that future demand.”
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