Thank you to those that attended the 2017 summit!
We all know the stats surrounding food waste. Of all the food grown, processed and transported in the United States, we're throwing away 40% of it. Over 33,000,000 tons of food end up in the landfill each year in our country and only 3% of food waste is recovered or recycled. It uses 10% of the total U.S. energy budget, 50% of our land and 80% of all consumed freshwater. And we throw all that away while 1 in 8 people are food insecure.
But for two-and-a-half days in September 2017, attendees came from 18 states, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and even from Ontario, Canada, all to focus on reducing, recycling, and recovering food waste. The IWRC was just as excited as the attendees to learn about all the amazing things happening to alleviate this problem and we hope that the summit provided everyone the chance to learn, network and connect with each other.
For those that attended, if you haven't taken the post-summit survey, you can do so here.
Additionally, you can view and download the presentations from the summit by clicking on Agenda to the right. And check back soon for pictures and videos!
Who attended the 2017 summit?
- Composting facilities and landfills
- Food rescue organizations
- Equipment manufacturers
- Regulatory entities
- Federal, state and local government employees
- Retail food stores
- Food establishments
- K-12 schools
- Colleges and universities