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New Research Finds Increasing Number of Grocery Stores in Densely Populated Areas Could Reduce Food Waste Up to 9%

  • 1.  New Research Finds Increasing Number of Grocery Stores in Densely Populated Areas Could Reduce Food Waste Up to 9%

    Posted 02-12-2020 12:14

    CATONSVILLE, MD, February 12, 2020 – Food waste is a big problem in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. New research in the INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management finds that increasing the number of grocery stores in certain areas can drastically decrease waste.

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    Ashley Smith
    INFORMS
    Catonsville MD
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  • 2.  RE: New Research Finds Increasing Number of Grocery Stores in Densely Populated Areas Could Reduce Food Waste Up to 9%

    Posted 02-12-2020 17:26
    Edited by Abigail Lindner 02-12-2020 17:27
    What an intriguing study on how increasing grocery store numbers could reduce food waste! Creating more sustainable food environments is one of my research interests, so any ideas to that purpose are worth considering. I'd be curious to know where the line between "enough" and "too much" is crossed. At what point would increasing the number of grocery stores increase the retail food waste level such that the gains from decreasing consumer food waste are lost?

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    Abigail Lindner
    Mathematics Student | Regent University
    Aspiring Operations Research Analyst
    www.abigaillindner.com
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