Metrics and Impact

Food loss and waste is very difficult to quantify, and much more research is needed to fully understand the losses across the food system cycle. This includes collecting and integrating higher resolution data regarding the quantity and characteristics of the waste produced, as well as timing, location, and driving factors of the losses. This foundational information enables a more robust understanding of the dynamics of the problem, the development of advanced solutions to improve efficiency and loss prevention, as well as new opportunities for broader outreach and education on this critical issue.


  • Mabe, L., S. Pace, and E.S. Spang. (2022) A cluster-based spatial analysis of recycling boundaries aligning anaerobic digestion infrastructure with food waste generation in California. Resources, Conservation and Recycling Advances. 15, 200113.