A progress report on Feeding the 5000 Front Range....
Several partners are now onboard and helping me to form a coalition of federal, state, tribal, and local governments -- in addition to non-governmental orgs like sustainably minded restaurants, farmers, and food-recovery non-profits -- in order to create a blueprint and pilot program, here, in the Denver area that, if successful, could be used in other parts of the country.
Kicking off the pilot program will be a Feeding the 5000 event in mid-2016 that will bring more awareness to the problem of food waste, as well as to the as-yet-to-be-named coalition's blueprint for creating less.
Wasted food is a big deal: roughly 40 percent of all edible food in our country gets tossed into the trash. That not only wastes food, it minimizes the resources used to produce that food and it pours organic materials into our landfills. (According to the EPA, 20 percent of our landfills are composed of food.)
Although throwing a bruised orange into your trash (i.e., local landfill) may seem harmless, organic materials that decompose anaerobically (as opposed to decomposing in a compost pile) create methane as a byproduct and methane is a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Small actions -- positive or not-so-positive -- add up, and count.