Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Diversity in the Fight Against Food Waste

Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Diversity in the Fight Against Food Waste

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Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Diversity in the Fight Against Food Waste

September 15, 2022

The Latino and Hispanic community plays a critical role in the food system of the U.S. According to a National Agricultural Survey, around 83% of farm workers are Hispanic. Latino people also make up around a quarter of restaurant workers and are heavily involved in roles throughout the supply chain. It is safe to say that our food system as we know it would not be the same without the contributions of this community.

Sadly, despite their huge contributions to the food system, Latinos are more likely to be food insecure and to live in frontline communities that experience the effects of pollution and environmental degradation firsthand. That experience, along with deeply held cultural practices of not wasting resources means being green comes naturally to many Latinos. This applies to the food waste movement as well, with many influential and impactful initiatives coming from the community.

In honor of Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month, we have gathered some of the news and resources at the intersection of food waste and the Latino community. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you have a favorite resource, please share it with us on social media:

ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the food system by advancing data-driven solutions to the problem. ReFED leverages data and insights to highlight supply chain inefficiencies and economic opportunities; mobilizes and connects people to take targeted action; and catalyzes capital to spur innovation and scale high-impact initiatives. ReFED’s goal is a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system that optimizes environmental resources, minimizes climate impacts, and makes the best use of the food we grow.

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