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Dana Gunders
Dana Gunders is a Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She works on market and policy oriented initiatives to promote sustainability throughout food systems and supply chains. She leads NRDC’s work on reducing food waste and is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”. She also recently co-authored a report called The Dating Game, revealing how confusing food dates lead to food waste in America. Her work on food waste has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other outlets.

In addition to working on reducing the amount of wasted food, Dana works on improving food sourcing of individual companies and as part of the Steering Committee for the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and a participant in the Sustainability Consortium. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Entries by Dana Gunders

This Year's 12 Greatest Strides Towards Reducing Food Waste

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:44 PM


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...

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Six Stocking Stuffers That Will Ultimately Reduce Food Waste

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 4:44 PM

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 less food? Here are a few ideas:

Fridge thermometers:

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