Food Waste- A Northeast Ohio Conversation
A northeast Ohio Conversation about Food Waste featuring chefs, farmers, composters, regulators and producers.
Hunting Valley, Ohio – Abbe Turner, Lucky Penny Farm with support from NCR-SARE presents: Food Waste - A Northeast Ohio Conversation, Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The event will take place at the November Meeting Center, Squire Valleevue Farm - Case Western Reserve University, 37125 Fairmount Boulevard. Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022.
Speakers Include: Jennifer Carlin- Ohio EPA, Daniel Brown- Rust Belt Riders, Greg Jackson- Groundz, Abbe Turner- Lucky Penny Farm, Christopher Bond- CWRU Horticulturist Coordinator, Farm Food Program, Ben Bebenroth- Chef/Farmer/owner, The Spice Companies, Mike Minnix- Goodlands Sustainability, Ryan Holmes- MadCap Brew Company, Beth Kretschmar- Bon Appetit Management Company and Nick Morris- Red Winged Acres.
Tickets are $10 and include a lunch. Please visit our ticketing website to reserve your ticket today. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-waste-a-cleveland-conversation-tickets-19097208264
In the United States, 40% of all food produced is wasted. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans are food insecure. Americans throw away 25% of the food they bring home, which is the equivalent of more than 20 lbs of food per person per month, or enough to fill the Rose Bowl (a 90,000-seat stadium) every day.
An American family of four throws away $1,600 in food every year. As a country the United States throws out an equivalent of $165 billion in food annually, which costs $750 million to dispose of. Most uneaten food rots in landfills where it accounts for 25% of U.S. methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas, 21 times more harmful to the environment than CO2.
Each time food is wasted, all the resources that went into producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food is also wasted. So, huge amounts of chemicals, energy, fertilizer, land and freshwater is used to produce food that is thrown away.
Getting food to our tables uses 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, consumes 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater used in the United States. However, only about 3% of food scraps in the U.S. are composted.
Abbe Turner explains “Food Waste For Farms is a pilot project to link generators of commercial food waste with farms to utilize this nutrient rich asset as animal feed or compost material diverting it from the landfill. The goal is to use technology to optimize the systems for waste recovery, logistics and profitability.” Turner further states “As a maker of cheese and someone who benefits by feeding waste materials from that process to our pigs, I am actively concerned about this problem. I would like to find a solution so we can better utilize this plentiful and nutrient dense resource.”
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE), funder for the Food Waste for Farms project, strengthens communities, increases farmer / rancher profitability, and improves the environment by supporting research and education.
This is congruent with the national legislation which created the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture research and education program now entitled "Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.”
Sponsors of Food Waste - A Cleveland Conversation include: NCR-SARE, CWRU, Bon Appetite Management Company, Door to Door Organics, Lucky Penny Farm and Food Waste For Farms.
For more information contact, Abbe Turner, email@example.com or visit us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/foodwasteforfarmsohio
Date and Time
November Meeting Center, Squire Valleevue Farm
Case Western Reserve University
37125 Fairmount Boulevard
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022