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Jack Johnson digs through worms as part of a compost lesson at Lanikai Elementary School in Hawaii.

Jack Johnson digs through worms as part of a compost lesson at Lanikai Elementary School in Hawaii.

Every year, we like to take a look at our most popular blog posts from the past 12 months. This year’s list highlights a few projects that deserves special mention, in case you missed them:

• In April, we launched the Food Rescue Locator in collaboration with and the Food Rescue Alliance. This free online tool allows anyone with excess food (individuals, offices, events, restaurants, you name it!) to find a nearby group they can donate to. If you’d like to support food rescue in your area in 2017, plug in your ZIP code to connect with groups nearby.

• We also launched the I Value Food: Too Good to Waste Challenge, a online program that helps individuals and families waste less food at home. Working to reduce personal food waste is another great goal for 2017. All you need to get started is a computer or smartphone and a 1-quart container.

Here are some of the most popular blog posts of the year.

Mini Doc: Jack Johnson’s Sustainable America

Food Rescue: Now There’s a Map for That

7 Exciting Findings from ReFED’s Food Waste Report

Stony Creek Colors: A Seed to Jeans Story

Teen Activist Pushes Town to Go Idle Free

How to Compost in Winter

How One Chef Is Fighting Food Waste at the Rio Olympics

A Hyperlocal Solution to Food Waste

How to Feed 350 Food Waste Experts

Reduce Food Waste, Save Money With this New Program

Happy New Year to all our readers. We have a lot of work to do in 2017 to continue working toward a more sustainable America. Consider making a tax deductible donation to Sustainable America as part of your year-end giving. Your donation will help our sustainability campaigns reach more people.

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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