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Dana Gunders, Project Scientist, Food and Agriculture, San Francisco

Dana Gunders
I’ll never forget the first time I grew brussells sprouts. The plant grew and grew and I kept wondering where the sprouts would come from. Then one day I went out there and a huge horizontal stalk had grown out of nowhere. I thought to myself, everyone should know more about where their food comes from. Here at NRDC, I feel so privileged to spend my time investigating where our food comes from and goes, and what safeguards are in place to ensure a system that will nourish us in the best way possible. I’m delighted at this opportunity to share some of those explorations and musings with you.

Recent Posts

Four Markers of Progress in 2015 for Cutting U.S. Food Waste

Posted December 31, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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There's no doubt about it. This was an exciting year in the U.S. for us food waste geeks. And while we still don't have the measurement tools to demonstrate less food was actually wasted, there are a handful of ways...continued

A High Five to Congress on Food Donation

Posted December 21, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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Note: This blog was co-authored with JoAnne Berkenkamp. On Friday, Congress passed a doozy of an omnibus budget bill, including landmark legislation to expand the donation of food that might otherwise go to waste. This was not about nibbling at...continued

First Congressional Bill to Reduce U.S. Food Waste Introduced

Posted December 8, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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Yesterday marked a critical pivot from good intention towards action in our nation's pursuit to waste less food: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree introduced the Food Recovery Act to Congress. With almost two dozen provisions, the bill has the potential to...continued

Why I Wrote the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook

Posted September 29, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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After more than two years in the making, and just days after the US and world announced goals to reduce food waste, I'm thrilled to say that Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook is here--released today! I describe it as a "light-hearted...continued

U.S. Sets First-Ever Goals to Reduce Food Waste

Posted September 15, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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Today is a historic day for anyone who eats. Just this morning, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg announced a goal to reduce food waste across the United States by 50 percent by 2030....continued

John Oliver: Food from Farm to Not-the-Table

Posted July 20, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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If there's one thing John Oliver really nails, it's a good analogy. Last night, he aptly aimed those analogies at the inordinate amount of food that goes to waste in the US. "This is not a story about the...continued

Wasting less food gets fancy, but the example can inspire us all

Posted March 12, 2015 by Dana Gunders

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Watch out world, the waste-less trend may just have arrived. This Friday, chef and food thought-leader Dan Barber will transform his famed Blue Hill restaurant into a pop-up experiment called WastED. For two weeks, esteemed chefs such as Mario...continued

Follow Pollan's New Food Rule and Take Control of Your Thanksgiving Plate

Posted November 18, 2014 by Dana Gunders

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Michael Pollan has come out with a brand new food rule, which if followed would do wonders for wasting less food: Michael Pollan’s Food Rule #84: Take Back Control of Your Plate Bravo, Mr. Pollan!...continued

The Zero Food Waste Forum: A Place Where Waste Reduction Magic Happened

Posted October 24, 2014 by Dana Gunders

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This is a guest blog by my new fabulous Program Assistant Ariel Cooper, who attended the Zero Food Waste Forum last week. Hopefully you can all make the next one! Last week people gathered from over 16 states, 6 different...continued

Maybe Healthy School Lunches Can Actually Mean Less Waste

Posted September 4, 2014 by Dana Gunders

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It’s back to school time, which means, it’s back to the new school lunch plan under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by Michelle Obama. Increased food waste has been one of the main arguments against the healthier lunch menus. ...continued

This Year's 12 Greatest Strides Towards Reducing Food Waste

Posted December 26, 2013 by Dana Gunders

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The year of 2013 has been an exciting one for the future of food.  Amidst moving to ban trans fats and demonstrating the threats of routinely using antibiotics in animal feed, the country woke up to the opportunity and moral obligation to waste...continued

Six stocking stuffers that will ultimately reduce food waste

Posted December 17, 2013 by Dana Gunders

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From a waste perspective, the best stocking stuffer is probably no stocking stuffer.  But if you are looking for that trinket that might be a little less wasteful, why not give something that will ultimately help your loved ones waste...continued

Addressing the Holiday Excess: Four Steps to a Waste-Free Party

Posted December 13, 2013 by Dana Gunders

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Who doesn’t love the holidays?  Last holiday season, after sampling 13 different cookies at a cookie swap one day, I headed for sweet potato latkes the next, a Christmas Eve Crabfest to follow, and homemade-Kahlua White Russians to ring in...continued

The Pre-Vacation Race to an Empty Fridge

Posted December 10, 2013 by Dana Gunders

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The exciting news is that I’m going to Hawaii on Friday.  Among the rest of the pre-vacation stress—leaving work projects in a good place, finding a bathing suit, and trying to whip myself into bathing suit shape—I have been trying...continued

This T-Day, Buy Less Than You Think

Posted November 20, 2013 by Dana Gunders

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You’re gearing up for Thanksgiving dinner.  Assignments are out to various attendees for sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.  Now, it’s time to figure out what size turkey to buy. Here’s a hint:  Buy less than you think.  If...continued

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