Food Waste News, vol 1

From farms to plate waste, there is healthy and perfectly-edible food all around us that gets thrown away or left to rot, and Brighter Bites wants to make sure we’re doing our part to support the reduction of such food waste. That’s why our recent research has started considering the Brighter Bites impact on lunchtime food waste levels of students in the program.

In an effort to inform the community about the extent of the food waste issue, we’ll be sharing regular food waste news roundups, so keep an eye out as you read each Byte!

This week we have a variety of topics on the table, including the introduction of imperfect produce in grocery stores, a brand new food waste documentary, and a campaign to use “reclaimed” food to feed the hungry.



Tesco, the British grocery retailer, has begun selling green satsumas in an attempt to cut back on food waste. Green satsumas are the same easy-peel satsumas we all love, they are simply not characteristically orange due to hot weather in Spain. By relaxing quality specifications for produce, Tesco diverts these ‘imperfect’ satsumas from the garbage and into hungry tummies. Click here to read the full article.


Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste

Wasted!: The Story of Food Waste is a new food waste documentary that was released in select theaters and is now streaming online. Wasted! tells the story of food waste around the world and offers practical solutions that we can all use simply by being mindful of what’s in the fridge. From whole animal cooking to challenging our ideas of what is edible, to transforming waste for animal consumption or compost, Wasted! explores what leading chefs have to say about food waste and how we might solve it best.


Feeding the 5000

Feeding the 5000 is a global movement to raise awareness about food waste and hunger. Organizations around Austin, TX recently used hundreds of pounds of reclaimed food to cook a free meal in front of the state capitol. Along with a delicious meal, patrons were given tips on ways to divert food waste. One easy tip is to move older food to the front of the fridge or pantry so when we open the door, it is the first thing on our minds. Click here to read a full article.