The Last Food Mile Conference: Food Loss and Food Waste in the U.S. Supply Chain
When: December 8-9, 2014
Where: University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall: Class of 1949 Auditorium, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
- 133 billion lbs (31%) of available food is lost annually in the U.S. retail and consumer levels alone
- $161 billion retail value for the annual food loss
- 49 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 16 million children
- Wasted food squanders our resources: land, water, energy, nutrients, biodiversity, results in pollution and increased food costs
Sustainably feeding 7 billion people now and 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge. Reducing massive amounts of food waste is critical toward building sustainable food security in the world.
In an era of growing demand for more food, coupled with escalating production and environmental cost, dwindling natural resources, and international unrest, tackling food wastage is paramount to our future.
Waste occurs at the farm, the processing plant, the store, and the home. This conference brought together experts from national and international, academic and industrial, public and private sectors, to discuss:
- Where food losses occur along the food supply chain, why, and how much
- What food waste reduction measures work effectively, lessons learned and barriers encountered
- What policies and interventions are critically needed for moving forward
This event exemplifies the One Health initiative, which is dedicated to improving the lives of all species through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental science.
Last Food Mile Program Overview (pdf: 2988 KB)