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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

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 in Living Sustainably

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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 in Living Sustainably

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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 in Living Sustainably

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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 in Living Sustainably

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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 in Living Sustainably

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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

CropMobster: Transforming Food Waste Through Community...One Alert At A Time

Posted November 13, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Living Sustainably

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This is a guest post from Nick Papadopoulos, CEO and Co-founder of CropMobster and also the General Manager for Bloomfield Farms in Sonoma County, CA.  Working on a farm, Nick gives us great perspective into how tools like his can...continued

How Montana's Sell-by Date Sends Good Milk Down the Drain

Posted October 31, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last month, we released a report called The Dating Game with Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, in which we examined the laws behind those dates you see on your food.  In addition to the primary finding—that most Americans are...continued

It's Not a Food Dating System; It's a Mess.

Posted September 18, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Health and the Environment

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Here’s a surprisingly little secret:  You know all those dates you see on food products—sell by, use by, best before? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and generally speaking, they’re not regulated. If this is news...continued

New Crop Insurance Premiums in the New Frontier of Wild, Wild Weather

Posted August 27, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Extreme weather means lost food as drought, flood, and other weather-related farming hazards threaten and destroy crops.  But what are we to do, since we can’t fight weather? Or can we? As we enter this new frontier of the Wild,...continued

Massachusetts Leads the Way on Food Waste

Posted July 30, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Living Sustainably

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Food scraps beware! That cozy retirement in landfills that most of your predecessors have had is quickly fading as your fate. A movement is afoot to make you work tirelessly to produce energy and give back your nutrients.  Mayor Bloomberg...continued

10 Steps to Reduce Your Own Foodprint on World Environment Day

Posted June 5, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Health and the Environment

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Today is World Environment Day, and this year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) chose to focus the day around food waste.  Why? Because wasting food has a huge impact on our environment.  First of all, it takes an enormous...continued

US Joins World to Take on Challenge of Food Waste

Posted June 4, 2013 by Dana Gunders in U.S. Law and Policy

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Less than a year ago, concern over wasted food was almost imperceptible amidst U.S. government agencies.  Today, however, the United States joins the ranks of countries around the world who are taking food waste seriously. Kudos to USDA and EPA...continued

New Poll: How American's Feel about Wasting Food

Posted May 17, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Living Sustainably

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Sustainable America recently published a poll about American attitudes on food and fuel.  Overall, numbers from this poll showed higher sensitivity and better practices around food waste than any that I’ve seen before. One might write that off to polling...continued

The British Business Case for Avoiding Food Waste

Posted April 4, 2013 by Dana Gunders in Living Sustainably

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I recently returned from a week of traipsing around London to learn what those Brits are up to when it comes to addressing food waste. And let me tell you, they are up to a lot. What struck me most...continued

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