We waste 1/3 of all the food produced in the U.S—here’s how to fix it

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A new site is compiling food waste data and food waste solutions. In 2019, more than a third of the food produced in the U.S.—worth around $408 billion dollars—wasn’t sold. While a small portion was donated, much of it went to waste. But by the end of the decade, the government aims to cut food waste in half. It’s a complex challenge, as waste happens at every step of the food system, from produce that isn’t harvested on farms to food forgotten in fridges. Read Full Story

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The food system is trying to reinvent itself on the fly to solve its pandemic food waste problem

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The pathways to get food to restaurants are entirely different that getting food to stores. As small farmers try to adjust, it’s creating a tragic loss of food at a time when people need it most. As long lines of newly unemployed people wait at food banks—on a recent day at a distribution point in San Antonio, 10,000 cars waited in line —many farmers are simultaneously throwing out food that they can no longer sell to restaurants, hotels, and schools. Read Full Story

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