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Food waste can be defined in many ways, however, considering the industry sectors FWRA represents,
a broad definition is required: “Any solid or liquid food substance, raw or cooked, which is discarded, or
intended or required to be discarded. Food waste is the organic residue generated by the processing,
handling, storage, sale, preparation, cooking, and serving of foods.” FWRA’s scope of work is focused on
manufacturing and processing; transportation; and food sales (in store and in restaurant) of food products.
Parts of the value chain not currently included in our work are agricultural food production and consumer
behavior in-home. This is with the understanding that we would first aim to understand and tackle issues
where FWRA member companies can make the biggest impact. For the next three years FWRA plans to
further address how we can eliminate waste in the first place in our section of the value chain. Recognizing
that in-home food waste is a major contributor to food waste sent to landfill, FWRA is supportive of efforts
that provide a better understanding of consumer behavior and related in-home waste issues, but it remains
out of the scope of our direct work.
Learn more about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance at http://www.foodwastealliance.org/
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