ReFED Launches Insights Motor with Implications for Food stuff Waste: An Job interview with Dana Gunders

Posted by Jean Buzby, USDA Meals Decline and Squander Liaison in

Foods and Diet
Well being and Protection

Feb 02, 2021

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ReFED’s Insights Motor characteristics detailed info, analyses, and up-to-day information and facts on food stuff squander. Photo credit rating: ReFED

ReFED is a national nonprofit doing work to progress knowledge-driven solutions to lower foodstuff decline and squander through the U.S. food program. ReFED is also a personal-sector husband or wife with USDA, EPA, and FDA’s interagency initiative to minimize food items decline and waste. The corporation has introduced a Roadmap to 2030 and a new Insights Engine aiming to assist lessen meals decline and waste. This job interview features insights from Dana Gunders, Govt Director, ReFED.

Buzby: In the United States, above a third of all food items is missing or squandered, and this meals decline and waste indicates that all of the new drinking water, labor, land, and power to make this food items could have been place to superior use. In April 2019, as section of the Successful on Reducing Foodstuff Squander Initiative, USDA, the Environmental Security Company (EPA) and the Foodstuff and Drug Administration (Food and drug administration) signed a official agreement with ReFED, Inc. (PDF, 783 KB) to enable give assistance and assist for the joint exertion. Can you make sure you notify us about your business?

Gunders: ReFED was proven in 2016 after the launch of our Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food stuff Waste by 20%, which was developed as a blueprint for organizations, funders, policymakers, and other stakeholders to take action to address the meals squander obstacle. We get a information-pushed, alternatives-centered method to support resolve our nationwide meals squander problem, and we identify that it’s a systemwide concern – we all have a function to perform in decreasing foods squander. Very last yr, due to COVID-19, we shifted the emphasis of our operate to enable businesses, innovators, authorities businesses, and other organizations defeat pandemic-relevant limitations that brought on an boost in meals waste and food stuff insecurity. And now to get started 2021, we’re excited to introduce two new methods that can support the food items process go from recognition about the food squander trouble to action that can fix it.

Buzby: Notify us about today’s start of ReFED’s revised Roadmap and the new Insights Engine.

Gunders: These are new assets to generate true action towards our collective 50% reduction intention. The Roadmap to 2030: Cutting down U.S. Food Waste by 50% outlines seven essential motion places across the foodstuff provide chain that display wherever the food items procedure should really emphasis its initiatives to cut down foods squander. And the Insights Motor is an on the net hub for foodstuff squander details that presents a granular examination of meals squander by sector, condition, food stuff type, cause, and impression a deep-dive evaluation of more than 40 foodstuff waste reduction remedies that span all seven key motion locations a in-depth overview of the funding desired to put into practice each reduction alternative together with the corresponding return a listing of answer vendors to enable provide a food squander initiative to everyday living and extra. Our estimates are primarily based on an assessment of extra than 50 general public and proprietary datasets, and we’re actively doing the job with firms and some others to acquire extra details to refine our evaluation as the subject evolves. We also received input from dozens of authorities and practitioners from the food items sector, experienced trades, solution providers, academia, and a lot more.

Buzby: How will the Insights Motor and Roadmap to 2030 enable lower foodstuff loss and waste in the United States?

Gunders: Our eyesight is that they become a dependable resource of info and alternatives for any one intrigued in food items waste reduction, and the basis of the movement to halve meals squander by 2030. We like to say that men and women can come to our web site recognizing nothing about the problem and go away with three issues to do about it, alongside with contact data for three corporations that can assist. We’re lucky that food items waste is a single of those difficulties that persons genuinely treatment about – they have a visceral reaction to looking at properly great food stuff remaining thrown away. But corporations and others don’t usually know what they can do to make a distinction. These sources can support them. And compared with our primary Roadmap in 2016, the new Roadmap to 2030 and Insights Engine are electronic-first, so they will be updated on a normal foundation – persons can uncover the two resources at

Buzby: What is the most significant get-absent for the food stuff sector to know about the Insights Engine and Roadmap to 2030?

Gunders: The Insights Motor can supply the food items industry with the info they will need to get motion versus foodstuff squander. And the Roadmap to 2030 features stakeholder-unique insights to assistance manual their efforts. We have pages dedicated to unique food enterprise sectors – producers, suppliers, merchants, and dining establishments and foodservice. We also have a detailed evaluation of the investment necessary to implement options, with a breakdown of the capital needed across all seven essential motion locations. And we’ve acquired coverage tips at the federal and state ranges, developed in collaboration with our partners at the Harvard Foodstuff Law and Plan Clinic. In actuality, if all of the Insights Motor alternatives were implemented, we estimate that the United States would achieve a lot more than a 50% reduction in food stuff waste by 2030 in accordance with our nationwide and intercontinental goals.

Buzby: Do you have options to increase the Insights Engine and Roadmap to 2030 to other international locations?

Gunders: All of the facts in the Insights Motor and Roadmap to 2030 is targeted on the United States. We have been approached about taking it to other nations around the world, but at this stage, we’re targeted on having this to start with variation out prior to looking at that.

Buzby: Congratulations to ReFED for the start of the Insights Engine and Roadmap to 2030. Many thanks so significantly, Dana, for your time.

For more reading:
much more USDA blogs on the subject matter of food squander

Roadmap to 2030:

Insights Engine:

This website collection highlights the perform of innovators in the meals loss and waste entire world as element of the collaborative hard work to lessen foods decline and squander, which incorporates perform by USDA, EPA, and Fda and non-public-sector associates like ReFED to affirm their shared motivation to operate toward the countrywide goal of cutting down foodstuff loss and waste by 50 p.c by 2030.

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