ABOUT THE ISSUES
Want to learn more about the issues associated with the food recovery movement? Check out our factsheets as well as some external resources for more detailed information and interactive sites.
hunger, food insecurity, snap benefits
- Hunger and Food Insecurity Basic Statistics: FRN resource that defines hunger and food waste as different terms, and provides statistics for both.
- Overview of Federal Nutrition: FRN resource outlining federal programs that address food insecurity, particularly SNAP and WIC.
- World Hunger: FRN resource that defines hunger on a global scale and the causes and challenges related to world hunger.
- #FillUpYourPlate: What SNAP means to many Americans: Powerful paper plate testimonials on how SNAP and hunger have impacted people in America.
- Hunger in America: 2015 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts: Website providing current statistics on hunger and poverty in the U.S., as well as identifying their root causes and programs that work to alleviate them.
- Map the Meal Gap: Research study from Feeding America that looks at overall and child hunger down to the county level. Check out their overall and child food insecurity executive summaries.
- The Scraps Add Up: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Food Waste: FRN resource that describes the impact of food waste in terms of water, land, energy, and biodiversity.
- The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America: Article explaining how the current system of expiration dates misleads consumers and leads to food waste.
- EPA: How and why to divert food waste from landfills: Food recovery hierarchy and the environmental, economic, and social benefits
- Food Waste Statistics and Bibliography. Overview of food waste both nationally and globally, including its impact on the environment, water, finance, and society.
- Guide to Food Waste: Infographic that tackles the issue with dating labels and provides great tips for altering habits at home.
- I Value Food: A Campaign to End Food Waste: Website with a catchy, short video and statistics about food waste in America, as well as a quiz to take on individual food waste at home.
- Tristram Stuart: The Global Food Waste Scandal: A fantastic TED talk by a leading expert in the food waste field.
- Wasted: How America Is Losing 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill: Amazing document by NRDC that identifies how food is wasted in every step in the food chain and how to increase efficiency in each phase.
- Breaking Down the Food Dollar: FRN resource that shows where our spending on domestically-produced food and suggests how consumers can increase the percentage of their dollars that reach farmers.
- How did this broccoli get on my plate? Framing food as a public issue: Intended to provide an overview of the current understanding of the food system and the tools to drive change of this system.
- Legal Guide to Food Recovery: Explores the reasons of partaking in food recovery, identifies ways in which the Bill Emerson Act removes barriers to donation, and highlights resources for businesses in developing food recovery programs.
- Food Recovery Network’s Guide to Gleaning: Everything you need to know about gleaning (collecting fresh produce to redistribute to others).
- Five Vegetable Tops That You Should Never Throw Out: How to use the tops of root vegetables for tasty dishes.
- We’re throwing away tons of fruits and veggies for not being pretty enough: An excellent opinion piece on the tragedy of misshapen produce waste and what we can do about it.
nutrition & Public health
- An Ever-Changing Landscape: Exploring the Fluid Dynamic Between Food and Society: FRN resource that explores the US food system and how our diet has changed in the last several decades.
- Economic Disparities Lead to Varied Health Outcomes: FRN resource that identifies the barriers that exist for those in lower socioeconomic groups to maintain their health and the results of these barriers on their health.
Dive!: A look into food waste through dumpster diving in Los Angeles, CA.
A Place At The Table: A moving insight on what hunger actually looks like across America.
Just Eat It: Documentary following one couple’s lives as they subsist mostly on wasted food for six months. Funny, informative, and beautifully done!
Fed Up: An expository documentary that shows how the sugar industry has prioritized private profit over national health and the results of so much sugar in our food.
Taste the Waste: Documentary exploring food waste in Europe and examining the systems that perpetuate food waste.