Imagine going to the grocery store and buying 10 bags filled with food. Now imagine immediately throwing four of those bags in the trash. Seems crazy, right? But on a much larger scale, this is what’s happening every day in homes, businesses, and institutions throughout the United States.
Forty percent of the food produced in the US is wasted every year. It’s happening at all levels – on the farm, during processing, in restaurants, and in the home – due to cosmetic preferences, misleading date labels, over-purchasing, and excessive portion sizes.
This unnecessary waste is destructive to the environment and the health of our communities and has significant financial consequences. Given the resources demanded for food production, the reality of climate change, and the fact that 50 million Americans are food insecure, it is critical that we reduce waste and use global resources more responsibly.
Our guest speaker, Dana Frasz, will share her personal journey working the food recovery system, discuss the unique vision and programs of her organization Food Shift, and invite the Pachamama Alliance community to live a more conscious life that honors the sacredness of food. Be sure to check out her 5-minute video below!
- 6:00pm: Our venue, Peña Pachamama opens and begins serving delicious organic appetizers and entrees (no host)
- 7:00pm: We will start with a brief update and introduction to The Pachamama Alliance
- 7:30-9:00pm: Dana’s presentation
In 2011, Dana Frasz launched Food Shift, an Earth Island Institute sponsored project, to turn up the volume on the issue of food waste, and to develop this crucial gap in our sustainability ecosystem. After 10 years of work in food recovery, Dana understands the challenges and limitations of a charity-based food recovery system and has a unique vision for shifting the paradigm. Food Shift has established programs with Oakland Unified School District, St. Vincent de Paul, and Andronico’s Community Markets to develop sustainable strategies that more effectively utilize human potential and food.