Lowering meals waste is a problem on everybody’s plate
EGLE highlights packages, sources on at present’s Worldwide Day of Consciousness of Meals Loss and Waste
Are you going to complete that? Earlier than you throw out any extra leftovers, take into account that at present, Sept. 29, is the United Nations’ Worldwide Day of Consciousness of Meals Loss and Waste 2023, a chance to concentrate on practices and improvements to scale back meals loss and waste and construct a extra resilient meals system.
Meals manufacturing is the biggest stress to biodiversity, by means of habitat destruction and nutrient air pollution. It’s estimated that the equal of 170 million metric tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions comes from meals loss and waste within the U.S. every year.
In Michigan, the MI Wholesome Local weather Plan lays out a pathway for the state to succeed in 100% carbon neutrality by 2050 to avert the worst impacts of the local weather disaster, create good-paying jobs, and construct a more healthy and extra affluent, equitable, and sustainable Michigan for all Michiganders. The plan’s key suggestions for reaching carbon neutrality embody slicing meals waste 50% from 2005 ranges by 2030.
Meals waste is outlined as any meals that’s grown and produced for human consumption however finally not eaten. Houses and consumer-facing companies signify greater than 80% of all meals waste generated.
The Michigan Division of Surroundings, Nice Lakes, and Vitality (EGLE) is doing its half to convey consciousness to the significance of meals waste discount and to implement initiatives that assist sort out this concern in Michigan:
Michigan Meals Waste Discount Roadmap – The roadmap was created to determine present greatest practices in meals waste discount in Michigan – particularly for farmers, meals producers, the meals service business, and grocery retailers – and to determine the boundaries to adopting and implementing identified methods to scale back meals waste. The roadmap is presently anticipated to be accomplished by the top of 2023 and can yield suggestions for state and native policymakers. Early drafts point out that Michigan’s meals business wants technical help to assist educate, determine air pollution prevention alternatives, assist meals waste discount, and promote sustainability greatest practices.
Michigan Sustainability Convention (MISCON) – Treetops Resort in Gaylord hosts MISCON Oct. 24-25, 2023. The convention gives classes on meals waste discount and can lead by instance by composting meals left over from convention meals, with the assistance of Emmet County. Session subjects embody how municipalities can and will embody meals waste discount in native local weather planning.
NextCycle Michigan Accelerator: Meals, Liquids, & Organics Waste Programs (FLOWS) – NextCycle Michigan has a devoted FLOWS observe for options that rework organics restoration within the state. It offers enterprise and technical assist by means of a six-month program of particular person teaching, a multi-day group workshop, and entry to sources to make initiatives interesting to buyers and able to launch. Groups might be single entities or collaborations of companies, entrepreneurs, universities, tribal entities, public businesses, or nonprofits. This system culminates in a showcase the place groups pitch their initiatives to an viewers of pros whereas competing for awards. There is no such thing as a charge to take part, and no fairness share required from groups. Functions are open by means of Oct. 27. Be taught extra at NextCycleMichigan.com/Flows.
Take motion at present: