Claire Koelsch Sand

Consumer-derived food waste accounts for 35% of food waste, representing an economic loss of $162 billion in the United States. While consumer-derived food waste predominantly occurs in developed countries, increased urbanization has resulted in a comparable level of consumer-derived food waste in emerging economies. For example, the consumer-derived food waste in industrialized Asia (46%) is approaching that of Europe (52%) and North America (61%).

Food waste at the consumer level results in the…

Claire Koelsch Sand
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Claire Koelsch Sand, PhD, contributing editor, is CEO of Packaging Technology and Research and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University and California Polytechnic State University ([email protected]).

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  1. Food Processing & Packaging