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Hello all,

The Maricopa County Food System Coalition is seeking members for the Food Waste and Loss Work Group which was created on November 15th, 2019. Please email marcofoodfellow@gmail.com if you are interested. We will meet once a month in Phoenix and will also have a conference line for those attending from work, school, or home. A first meeting date is yet to be confirmed but will be sometime in January.

Here is key information from the Work Group charter:

Purpose

As part of the 2019 strategic planning process, Work Group’s were asked to come up with key priority areas that they wanted to focus on for the next three years. Four final priorities were taken consensus on and one of them was to educate and advocate to reduce and recover food loss and waste across the food system supply chain. The strategic plan for this priority, as it stands, includes efforts to educate and advocate for the reduction in food loss and the recovery of food waste across the entire food system supply chain. The purpose of this Work Group is to work toward the goals set forth within this priority’s strategic plan by the Food Waste Sounding Board, which met on November 15th, 2019.

Definitions:

Technical: Food loss is the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by food suppliers in the chain, excluding retailers, food service providers and consumers (FAO).

Explained: Food Loss refers to food that gets spilled, spoilt or otherwise lost, or incurs reduction of quality and value during its process in the food supply chain before it reaches its final product stage. Food loss typically takes place at production, post-harvest, processing and distribution stages in the food supply chain (UN Environment)

Technical: Food waste refers to the decrease in the quantity or quality of food resulting from decisions and actions by retailers, food service providers and consumers (FAO).

Explained: Food waste refers to food that completes the food supply chain up to a final product, of good quality and fit for consumption, but still doesn't get consumed because it is discarded, whether or not after it is left to spoil or expire. Food waste typically (but not exclusively) takes place at the retail and consumption stages in the food supply chain.

Goals:

  • The residents, businesses, and municipalities of the County are aware of how, where, and why food is being wasted within and around its borders.
  • There is increased awareness of local solutions and existing assets available to residents, businesses, and municipalities of Maricopa County.
  • Residents, businesses, and municipalities of the County understand how the issues surrounding wasted food affect its community, environment, and economy and how they can be a part of the solution.

Year 1 Action Items ( not limited to these action items):

  • Due 03 / 2020 Action: Map the current resources available to reduce and recover wasted food through composting.
  • Due 05 / 2020 Action: Release video documenting Coalition trip to Recycled City’s compost piles (short-term win)
  • Due 06 / 2020 Action: Map the current resources available to reduce and recover wasted food through industrial uses and animal feed
  • Due 09 / 2020 Action: Map the current resources available to reduce and recover wasted food through feeding hungry people
  • Due 10 /2020 Action: Make current food waste/loss initiatives information accessible and easy to find for residents through local municipalities (short-term win) in a creative way
  • Due 12 / 2020 Action: Map the current resources available to reduce and recover wasted food through source reduction and reuse

 

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