In the U.S., approximately 63 million tons of food are lost or wasted each year, while one in seven Americans, including 13.1 million children, live in food insecure households.3 An estimated 40 percent of food waste in the U.S. occurs in consumer-facing businesses such as retailers, restaurants, hospitality, and institutions like schools. Through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), U.S. schools serve approximately 30 million lunches and 14.6 million breakfasts each day to eligible students, at an annual cost of about $17.8 billion federal dollars.
But how much of that federally-funded food winds up in the trash?
With so much food moving through schools each day, there is a huge opportunity to work with students, teachers, food service providers, cafeteria staff, and more, to fight waste and inspire change in both institutions and young people. Schools can use their cafeterias as classrooms and help students understand the connection between what they eat and their planet, and forge lifelong stewardship habits.
The Living Planet Report documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand for natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife. Published by WWF every two years, the report brings together a variety of research to provide a comprehensive view of the health of the Earth.
A new study by World Wildlife Fund conducted in Vietnam and Thailand finds more intensive shrimp farming can yield better environmental and economic results. By producing more shrimp per hectare of land, farmers can increase production to meet growing demand for shrimp without increasing pressure on the region’s natural resources.
World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF) used data made available from Global Forest Watch and other sources to develop the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment, a tool to help companies, governments, and other end-users assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation.
With support from Global Forest Watch, World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF) developed the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment to explore potential applications of public data platforms to help companies, governments, and other end-users assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation. Download the PDF for more details on the JRA’s methodology.
World Wildlife Fund-US, with support from Global Forest Watch, developed the Jurisdictional Risk Assessment to explore potential applications of public data platforms (such as Global Forest Watch) that allow companies, governments, and other end-users to assess certain jurisdictions and their potential association with illegal deforestation.
The Living Planet Report, produced every two years by WWF, is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet. By providing an overview of the state of the natural world, human impacts and potential solutions, it aims to support governments, communities, businesses and organizations to make informed decisions on using and protecting the planet’s resources.
WWF has scored 137 companies on their use of certified sustainable palm oil, which is grown in ways to limit greenhouse gas emissions, preserve forests and fresh water, and protect wildlife. See which brands are taking action and which are falling short.
Brazil is home to the Amazon and other vital ecosystems that support diverse wildlife. This report provides guidance to agribusinesses, banks, policymakers, and other stakeholders that want to better understand Brazil’s new Forest Code so that they can promote, regulate, produce, consume, export, or import Brazilian agricultural products that comply with this law designed to protect its natural resources.
Today, we use the natural resources of 1.5 planets, depleting ecological goods and services faster than nature can replenish them. This is having a huge impact on nature and people, and threatening our very future. Better production will be vital if 9 billion people are to share this planet and its resources, equitably and sustainably, in the coming decades.
WWF seeks to transform markets towards greater sustainability through partnerships with leading food and agriculture organizations and companies. By establishing ways to produce commodities at affordable costs with measurably reduced environmental impacts, and by creating significant demand for such products, entire commodity markets can improve their environmental outcomes on a large scale.
A summary of the achievements, challenges, and lessons learned from investment in the Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP), part of a broader USAID-funded effort to support the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security. Notable progress was made toward increasing stewardship of biodiversity and improving food security in the Coral Triangle.
A first-of-its-kind study for both the palm oil industry and agricultural commodities in general, Profitability and Sustainability in Palm Oil Production comprehensively examines the financial costs and benefits of adopting certification. The report was produced jointly by WWF, CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, and FMO, the Dutch development bank.