“Reducing food loss and waste through research and innovation.”

One third of food produced globally never ends up being eaten . Between losses in the field, spoilage in transit, and disposal by retailers and consumers, more than a billion tons of food are wasted each year—a retail loss of nearly a trillion dollars. The UC Davis Food Loss and Waste Collaborative (FLWC) is poised to make a big difference. With a first-of-its-kind, university-based research program, the collaborative is focused on developing solutions to reduce losses throughout the entire food life-cycle. By leveraging the uniquely interdisciplinary landscape at UC Davis, the FLWC will help researchers better understand why and where food is wasted, and how to reduce waste across the global supply chain.

UC Davis is committed to reducing food loss and waste to meet future needs and to limit environmental impacts. We are seeking philanthropic partners who share our vision to develop innovative solutions that address the complex challenges of food loss and waste. Private funding is needed from individuals and businesses to support students and faculty innovators.

  • Give to support students – undergraduate or graduate – who are researching and innovating new solutions to food waste including the End of Waste Project
  • Give to support the interdisciplinary research and outreach programs of the Food Loss and Waste Collaborative

The UC Davis Advantage:  UC Davis offers a depth and variety of research and educational opportunities relating to food systems, from agricultural production to food processing to consumer science to environmental resource management. This uniquely interdisciplinary landscape enables cross-sectoral collaboration to develop innovative solutions that address the complex challenge of food loss and waste.

Here’s a snapshot of what we accomplish together: