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Food Shift

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Last modified: July 24, 2013, 6:27 PM


40% of all food produced in the United States is wasted each year.

In addition to costing the U.S. $160 billion dollars each year, food waste squanders water, depletes soil, wastes fossil fuels and adds greatly to the world's carbon footprint.

When the resources used to grow, process, and transport are considered, 25% of our freshwater and 4% of our oil is used for food that never gets eaten.

Food is the single largest component of solid waste in municipal landfills and incinerators in the U.S. Rotting food creates methane which is 25 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide and currently accounts for 23% of our total methane emissions

49 million (that is 1 out of every 6) Americans struggle to put food on the table. 1 out of every 4 children in our nation doesn't know where there next meal will come from. If just 20% of wasted food were captured, it would be enough to feed 25 million Americans, cutting our hunger rates in half.

In a time of increasing consciousness around worldwide hunger and environmental protection, there is enormous opportunity to galvanize action to reduce our national food waste habit. Now is the time for Food Shift.

Food Shift is working to create a more just and sustainable food system. We believe by trimming our food waste we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat global warming, conserve natural resources and improve the ethical conscience of our society.

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  • Social Media Team - Volunteer Opportunity

    Last updated:
    November 4, 2014
    Oakland, CA, US
    Social Media Team Job Description: Food Shift is currently looking for individuals to join our Social Media Team. In particular, we are looking for help with Tw...
  • Zero Food Waste Forum Volunteer - Volunteer Opportunity

    Last updated:
    August 29, 2014
    Berkeley, CA, US
    Help Eliminate Food Waste - Volunteer at The Zero Waste Food Forum! The Zero Food Waste Forum is a two-day event for waste reduction professionals, students...
  • Web Support - Volunteer Opportunity

    Last updated:
    July 31, 2014
    Oakland, CA, US
    Food Shift: is looking for an independent and enthusiastic person to join our volunteer team to provide web support. This role works d...

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