Dana Gunders is not a chef.
But she does love food and utterly despises seeing it going to waste.
Dana is a leading national expert on food waste reduction and was deemed "the woman who helped start the waste-free movement" by Consumer Reports. For almost a decade, she was a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and one of the first to bring to light just how much food is wasted across the country through her 2012 report Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. Dana is the author of Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, has testified in Congress, is behind the (a national media campaign that has generated over $60M in donated media to date), and is a founding member of ReFED's Steering Committee. Dana’s work to reduce food waste has been covered on CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, NPR, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Dr. Oz, Munchies and many other outlets. After leaving NRDC in January 2018, Dana now advises companies, investors, and government agencies on food waste reduction via her new business, Next Course LLC. She also spends far too much time trying to get her two small children to throw less food on the floor.
Founded in February 2018 by Dana Gunders, Next Course advises companies large and small, government agencies, foundations, investors, and NGOs on all things food waste reduction.
More to come soon! In the meantime, you can contact Dana below.
The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook
Imagine walking out of the grocery store with four bags full of fresh food, dropping one entire bag, and not bothering to pick it up.
Seems crazy, but that’s essentially what most of us are doing all the time. The average American throws away $30 eachmonth in the form of uneaten food. Yup, the lettuce that went bad, the leftovers you never got around to eating, and the science experiment in the back of the fridge you’re hoping your husband will clean up one day—they all add up to 15 to 25 percent of the food you buy going uneaten. This handbook will change all of that. Making a difference has never been easier or more delicious!
Packed with checklists, practical strategies, and simple recipes, the Handbook is the ultimate tool for reducing food waste at home. It includes easy tips on how to:
- Grocery shop smarter
- Plan meals better
- Decode expiration dates
- Use your fridge to its full potential
- Cook with leftover ingredients (including 20 tasty “use-it-up” recipes)
- Store foods properly, including specific shelf-life, storage and creative use-it-up ideas for more than 85 common foods
"The woman who helped start the waste-free movement." ~Consumer Reports
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HBO: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste
NBC Nightly News: September 18, 2013 Nightly News
CNBC’s Closing Bell: Why Do We Waste Food?
FOX Business The Willis Report Interview with Gerri Willis, Second Interview with Gerri Willis
Wall Street Journal Live Lunch Break: The Truth About Food Labels
NPR Science Friday Waste Not: The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America
American Public Media’s Marketplace Money The economics of wasted leftovers
American Public Media – Marketplace: My milk has expired. Can I drink it?
American Public Media – Marketplace: Spilled and spoiled: In the U.S., consumers are the food wasters
NPR Talk of the Nation The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America