Call for a systems-level approach to food waste

A much published statistic is that somewhere between 30% and 40% of our food is lost in the food supply chain. In the US, this corresponds to about 20 pounds per person per month, up to $2,275 per household per year or $165bn per annum [1, 2]. The food waste topic has garnered the interest of a fast growing number of start-ups such as Imperfect, Apeel or Full Harvest. Much of the popular literature has focused on exhorting consumers to curb their wasteful behavior.