Pacific Coast partnership to address food waste announced

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Pacific Coast Collaborative
The goal is to reduce and prevent wasted food in the region by 50% by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water and land resources, as well as support those facing food insecurity. PHOTO: ImageCollab

Plans to lead a public-private partnership to address wasted food were announced by the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC), which facilitates collaboration on issues that cross state borders and jurisdictional boundaries, were announced on 8 September. The PCC and partners are calling on food retailers, supply chain partners and food manufacturers to join the West Coast Voluntary Agreement to Reduce Wasted Food.

Pete Pearson, senior director of Food Loss and Waste at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a conservation organization protecting the future of nature, says the goal is to reduce and prevent wasted food in the region by 50% by 2030. He says this will have benefits including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water and land resources, as well as supporting those facing food insecurity. “The Pacific Coast of North America represents the world’s fifth-largest economy, a region of 55 million people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion and the agreement will serve as a model for other regions around the country to do their part to reduce food waste. Signatories will share data through a sector-specific Food Loss and Waste Calculator tool by ReFED, a non-profit working to end food waste through data-driven solutions,” he says. Signatories may also opt into topical