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Food waste becomes a hot-button issue for community leaders

– “How to Prevent Food Waste: 27 Tips for Community Leaders”
“Food waste has become an enormous global problem, with an estimated one third of the world’s current food supply for human consumption being lost or wasted every year. And the solutions aren’t simple, as food waste is as complex a problem as it is dire. Food waste occurs at every step along the supply chain, including producers and distributors who reject imperfect food, stores and restaurants that discard uneaten food, and consumers who throw away leftovers or allow food to spoil. In a world where 795 million people go hungry every day, food waste is unacceptable.

In addition, 97% of food waste ends up in landfills, and the methane gas released from rotting food – the same thing that’s released in your refrigerator drawers causing perishables to expire faster – is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. So reducing food waste has an environmental impact as well, playing an important role in curbing climate change.

Addressing food waste through prevention, redistribution and composting is an emerging focus for city leaders. Inspired, in part, by the report Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill, by Dana Gunders, staff scientist at the NRDC, food waste is a hot topic,” by Cat Johnson, shareable.net.
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– “Keep your food—and money—out of the trash!”
From Thurston County Public Works.
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– “Talking about Waste Prevention”
From Thurston Solid Waste.
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Posted by Steve on May 27, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

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