Step 1: Understand the Food Recovery Hierarchy!
We have to start somewhere, so let's start with understanding where excess food goes.
The EPA has created a Food Recovery Hierarchy which prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food. The following strategies show the best sustainable management to reduce waste and the associated impacts over the entire life cycle of food:
1. Source Reduction
2. Feed Hungry People
3. Feed Animals
4. Industrial Uses
The top levels are where we want to be as they are the best ways to create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy. The goal is the prevent food waste in the first place. That's where the creative minds in the Event Industry need to focus first: how to prevent wasted food through source reduction?
We'll talk about each of these, but for now, let's start with creative ways we can reduce food waste by how we manage our events.
We want to be at the top. Not at the bottom!