Better Access to Groceries could Reduce Food Waste and Emissions

A professor at Cornell University, suggests that opening more grocery stores is a solution to reduce food waste’s environmental impact. She said, “The more stores you have, the lower food waste is going to be, and very small increases in store density can have a very high impact.” Most big cities are well below their ideal density of grocery stores that would minimize food waste, the research determined. The research also suggests that when consumers can purchase perishable goods nearby, she said, they shop more often but buy less each time, ultimately wasting less. Cornell University is a NYSERNet member.

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