Last Food Mile Conference

The Last Food Mile Conference

  • When: December 8-9, 2014
  • Where: University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • 133 billion lbs (31%) of available food is lost annually in the U.S. retail and consumer levels alone
  • $161 billion retail value for the annual food loss
  • 49 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 16 million children
  • Wasted food squanders our resources: land, water, energy, nutrients, biodiversity, results in pollution and increased food costs

Sustainably feeding 7 billion people now and 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge.  food wasteReducing massive amounts of food waste is critical toward building sustainable food security in the world.  

In an era of growing demand for more food, coupled with escalating production and environmental cost, dwindling natural resources, and international unrest, tackling food wastage is paramount to our future.

(photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Conference Features

Waste occurs at the farm, the processing plant, the store, and the home. This conference will bring together experts from national and international, academic and industrial, public and private sectors, to discuss:

  • Where food losses occur along the food supply chain, why, and how much
  • What food waste reduction measures work effectively, lessons learned and barriers encountered
  • What policies and interventions are critically needed for moving forward


Post-Conference Follow-Up

Interested in learning more about The Last Food Mile Conference?

Go the Last Food Mile Post-Conference Website, where you can:


Food Waste, Food Security & Penn Vet

food waste strawberriesVeterinary medicine, a profession that sees human life in relation to other living things and the environment, is uniquely qualified to address the challenge of meeting the growing demand for protein-enriched diets and sustainably feeding 9 billion by 2050. Penn Vet researchers in soils, nutrition, reproduction, animal health and economics collaborate with experts across the entire food chain in seeking durable solutions to complex food system problems.

 (photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Zhengxia Dou
Email: douzheng@vet.upenn.edu

Lisa Dewald
Email: ldewald@vet.upenn.edu