Subscribe to Email Updates

Quality Creates...Perspective

General Quality, Food and Beverage

150,000 Tons of Food is Wasted in the US: How Automation Can Help

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day, which is the equivalent to a pound per person, says the Guardian. According to the article, research shows that people with healthy diets that are rich in fruit and vegetables are in fact the most wasteful. The article states that, fruit and vegetables require less land to grow than other foods but in turn, require a large amount of water and pesticides. 

It explains, “This waste has an environmental toll, with the volume of discarded food equivalent to the yearly use of 30m acres of land, 780m pounds of pesticide and 4.2tn gallons of irrigated water. Rotting food also clogs up landfills and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.”

Lisa Jahns, a nutritionist at USDA and co-author of the study, said, “we need a simultaneous effort to increase food quality as well as reduce food waste. We need to put both of those things out.” Further stating that food waste occurs from farm to plate in the US. A report by the Center for Biological Diversity states, only four out of the 10 largest grocery chains in the US have specific food waste reduction commitments and a further 10 don’t prevent the waste of food considered too cosmetically imperfect to sell.

Jahns also says that consumers in busy households do not prioritize the time and energy it takes to prepare food.

What can we do? I’m glad you asked!

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Fri, Jun 29, 2018
   
150,000 Tons of Food is Wasted in the US: How Automation Can Help

Americans waste 150,000 tons of food each day, which is the equivalent to a pound per person, says the Guardian. According...

Emily Ysaguirre
By Emily Ysaguirre
on Fri, Jun 29, 2018
Industrial Hygiene Trends [Infographic]

Industrial Hygiene (IH) software helps perform qualitative assessments utilizing Similar Exposure Group (SEG) methodologies...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Wed, Jun 27, 2018
Using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIot) to Improve Quality

Disruptive technologies like ride-sharing, 3D printing and self-driving vehicles are driving rapid transformation across...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 22, 2018
What Does EU’s New MDR Mean for Small to Medium-Sized Companies?

As of 2020, medical device companies that market products in Europe will be subject to a much larger set of requirements...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, Jun 18, 2018
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for EHS: Risks and Rewards

TechTarget defines an Internet of Things device as “any nonstandard computing device that connects wirelessly to a network...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Documentation Requirements in ISO 13485 - Start with a Quality Management System (QMS)

When it comes to ISO certifications, one thing companies can count on is a mountain of documentation.

It’s especially true...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 08, 2018
3 Ways Blockchain is Transforming Manufacturing

Traditional business methods are enough to handle basic manufacturing processes but can’t keep up with the pace at which...

Alexa Sussman
By Alexa Sussman
on Mon, Jun 04, 2018
Using the Quality Management System (QMS) to Support the 8 Principles of Total Quality Management (TQM)

Total Quality Management (TQM) emerged in the 1980s in response to economic losses experienced due to Japanese manufacturers...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Fri, Jun 01, 2018
MDR and IVDR - What Medical Device Manufacturers Need to Know About New EU Standards

Big changes are on the horizon for medical device manufacturers who market and sell their devices in Europe. On May 5, 2017...

Rachel Beavins Tracy
By Rachel Beavins Tracy
on Mon, May 28, 2018

Leave a comment

Written by
Written by Author