Feed or feedstock? A case study evaluating the environmental and food supply consequences of utilizing food waste as cattle feed

Nicole Tichenor

The Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire

Nicole Tichenor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New Hampshire's Sustainability Institute. She uses multiple modeling approaches and participatory methods to inform the development of sustainable food systems. Current areas of focus include food waste as livestock feed, regional food and farming systems, and sustainable, healthy diets. Dr. Tichenor has experience in food and agricultural policy spanning the local to national levels through work at the Douglas County Food Policy Council in Kansas and the National Family Farm Coalition in Washington, D.C.  She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program at Tufts University and a B.A in Philosophy and Religious Studies at The University of Kansas. 


Interest in local and regional meat production coupled with high population density provides a significant opportunity to repurpose food waste as livestock feed in the Northeastern U.S. However, food waste may also be used in... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Nicole Tichenor (The Sustainability Institute, University of New Hampshire)
  2. Christian J. Peters (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University)
  3. Gregory Norris (New Earth and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University)
  4. Timothy S. Griffin (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University)

Topic Areas

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints , • Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials, , • Sustainable consumption and production


TS-23 » Sustainable food systems 1 (15:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room H)

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