Food Waste Reduction

This following video outlines how Denmark was able to slash food waste by more than 25% over the course of 5 years. Not only is this a major feat from an environmental and sustainability standpoint, but it also has significant implications for addressing hunger in the Denmark. 

In order to accomplish this reduction in food waste, grocery stores sell foods past sell-by dates at a lower cost. Additionally, restaurants are able to take part in this initiative by selling leftover food for discount prices. Other efforts include food waste pop-up shops where customers pay the equivalent of two euros for a reusable bag and fill it with whatever they need. Food at these pop-up shops consist of produce with damaged packaging or a nearing best before date, yet still remain perfectly edible. Additionally, more grocery stores are replacing bulk items with single item discounts to prevent waste and create more affordable options for shoppers.

Meanwhile, according to the video, food waste has increased by 20% in the US since the year 2000. Keeping the strategies used by Denmark in mind, consider some of the following questions:

-Could similar efforts be implemented in the United States? What might some of the challenges be?

-The article mentions that Denmark utilizes their high taxes and volunteers for funding and resources. How would a similar program be funded and resourced in the US?