Earth911 Podcast: Maen Mahfoud’s Replate Connects Food Waste to Food Need

Earth911 Podcast: Maen Mahfoud’s Replate Connects Food Waste to Food Need

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Maen Mahfoud, founder and CEO of Replate, makes use of know-how to attach sources of surplus meals to nonprofits that may get it into the fingers of individuals in want. Humans waste an immense quantity of meals as a result of it has been tough to maneuver surplus produce, meat, and packaged meals to locations the place it may be used earlier than it spoils. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans waste between 30% and 40% of the meals produced yearly, some because of spoilage within the fields and transportation, however principally as a result of we purchase and don’t use a median of 218.9 lbs. of meals per particular person.

Replate’s strategy to meals assortment is novel as a result of it prices companies, caterers, and chain eating places for choosing up and distributing leftover meals. Replate launched in 2016 and the group has grown to incorporate a employees of greater than 50 individuals who present meals in cities across the country. Similar programs are operating in Europe and the U.S., and the technique of charging organizations that produce waste may fit for different native recycling and waste discount challenges.

Maen Mahfoud, founder and CEO of Replate
Maen Mahfoud, founder and CEO of Replate, is our visitor on Sustainability in Your Ear.

Replate has recovered 2.7 million lbs. of meals and delivered about 2.3 million meals whereas saving 748 million gallons of water and lowering CO2 emissions. Maen discusses the evolution of Replate, from his early efforts as a solo meals rescuer to the place this system may be optimized to enhance meals restoration and distribution whereas making participation extra handy for donors and recipients. He explains that California’s SB 1383, which requires properties and companies within the state to compost and route surplus meals to these in want, can present a mannequin for different states that helps divert meals waste to helpful makes use of. You can be taught extra at