The Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative is a collection of researchers, practitioners, and students working together to promote the reduction and redirection of food waste as an integral part of a healthy and sustainable food system. In addition to conducting research, the Collaborative currently offers consultation on implementation and evaluation of projects focused on food waste reduction and redirection efforts at the consumer and household level within Ohio State University and across the state of Ohio.
The Collaborative is partnered with The Ohio State Food Innovation Center which provides administrative, communications, and technological support. The initial funding for The Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative comes from the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) Discovery Theme.
The Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative promotes the reduction and redirection of food waste as an integral part of a healthy and sustainable food system.
Brian Roe is the director of The Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative. Dr. Roe is the VanBuren Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University. He actively advises several governmental and non-governmental agencies concerning food waste policy and measurement issues.
Roe attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and was named as part of the 1990 Truman Scholar class. Roe went on to receive a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland. Prior to his employment at Ohio State, Roe worked on policy issues surrounding food safety and health information disclosure as a Staff Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC.
Since arriving at Ohio State in 1998, Roe has worked broadly in the areas of agricultural and environmental economics focusing on issues including agricultural marketing, information policy, behavioral economics and product quality. He recently served as an editor for American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the flagship journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and currently serves as the faculty leader of his department’s undergraduate program. His recent research includes a USDA funded project focused on local foods and school lunch programs and participation in an NSF-funded multidisciplinary team seeking to understand human-ecosystem feedbacks in the Western Lake Erie basin, including understanding how farms and agribusinesses respond to voluntary environmental programs and how Ohio residents respond to different options to manage Lake Erie water quality.
Brian Estabrook is the Project Coordinator of The Ohio State Food Waste Collaborative, and is Food Policy Researcher for Growing Food Connections, a national food security research project. Brian serves on the Executive Committee of the Franklin County Local Food Council. He holds an MA in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego, where he studied economic development and food security. While a member of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Project Team, he played an integral role developing the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan. He enjoys biking, strategy board games and time with his two dogs.