Interview: Researcher Quentin Read Discusses Costs and Benefits of Food Waste Reduction

Aug 23, 2021
Erin Duffy


A picture of Dr. Quentin Read

Interview: Food Waste Reduction—Harnessing Interdisciplinary Science to Get to Real-World Solutions with Dr. Quentin Read 

Food. We all need it, and most of us love it. It keeps our bodies moving, sometimes encourages us to learn new skills, and brings us together. But what about the food that goes uneaten? Well, there is hardly a person today who is not aware to some extent that food waste, especially in the United States, is a problem. But at SESYNC, we are focused on finding solutions—solutions to complex environmental problems—and food waste is no exception. But how do we do it? The answer is interdisciplinary science.

In this audio interview, SESYNC's Erin Duffy talks to Dr. Quentin Read about his research to find real-world solutions to this intractable situation and how these efforts are one piece of a larger puzzle to create a more sustainable food system.

Quentin is a data scientist at SESYNC who helps international teams of researchers process, analyze, and manage big, complex datasets. Starting out at SESYNC as a postdoctoral research fellow, Quentin and his research team focused on modeling the impacts of the food system on human and natural communities by using techniques from ecology, environmental science, and economics. 

Listen to the full interview here:

A full transcript of this interview is also available. 


A graphical abstract explaining the different interventions for reducing food waste.

 A graphical abstract showing various interventions for reducing food waste.

Quentin D. Read and Mary K. Muth. “Cost-effectiveness of four food waste interventions: Is food waste reduction a ‘win–win?’” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 168 (2021).

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