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Should food-related businesses be responsible for reducing food waste?

While millions of Americans face food insecurity, the US Department of Agriculture estimates that thirty to forty percent of the food supply in America is wasted each year. Most of that food ends up in landfills, where it rots and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants are increasingly under pressure to combat the problem but so are consumers. Is food waste the result of bad business practices or is it more about picky eaters?

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Additional resources to think about

How we fight food waste in the US
Visit the Feeding America website for infographics and a video about food waste and solutions.

Roundup: Your Tips to Fight Food Waste
NPR's Life Kit offers helpful strategies to reduce food waste in the home.

Food Waste FAQs | USDA
This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information about food waste in the U.S., including the Environmental Protection Agency's "Food Recovery Hierarchy."

The Big Waste | Food Network
Watch clips from the documentary special The Big Waste and explore how produce, meat, fish, dairy, and eggs are wasted and salvaged.

Save The Food
Explore recipes, storage tips, meal planning, and other resources to help reduce food waste.

How Rotting Vegetables Make Electricity | World Wide Waste
This video from Business Insider takes a look at the Bowenpally Market in India and how the market converts food past its prime into biogas energy.

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