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Sustainable America’s Resolutions

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The Sustainable America staff offers our food and fuel resolutions for 2013!

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Our Most Popular Food Stories of 2012

A list of Sustainable America’s top 5 posts on food issues in 2012. From composting & food waste to The Farm Bill and a food forest, we hope we’ve given you some food for thought this year!

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Curbside Composting Gains Steam in Portland, Maine

Residents in Portland, Maine, have one less reason to waste food. In August, Sable Sanborn and Tyler Frank started Garbage to Garden, a curbside composting program that already boasts more than 400 subscribers.

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How to Have a 100-Mile Thanksgiving

Have a Happy 100-Mile Thanksgiving

Our helpful infographic challenges you to try a 100-mile Thanksgiving, using some key ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of your dinner table. Think of it as an opportunity to celebrate local food, rather than an obligation to source every last ingredient from within 100 miles. From the drive, to the food, to the trash, there are plenty of opportunities to make your feast more sustainable!

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Dirt!

Dirt the movie shows us how beautiful dirt is and how important healthy soil really is to our existence.

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A New NRDC Report Shows That America Wastes 40% of Its Food

40% of food available to Americans is discarded, and most of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills. A new report by the NRDC has compiled many existing statistics to demonstrate the magnitude of food waste in the U.S.

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How To Compost In Your Apartment

How to Compost in Your Apartment

As part of our series on composting, we offer this handy illustrated guide to composting in your apartment. If you have been thinking you might be interested in taking the plunge into composting, read on and have fun! Our guide gives you all of the tools you need to get started. Composting can be a rewarding experience in efficiency and self-reliance. Waste not, want not!

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Oysters For Chickens

Guest-blogger Justine Wenger of The Market Restaurant, a seasonal restaurant on Lobster Cove in Massachusetts, enlightens us as to what a seaside restaurant can do with all of those discarded oyster shells – feed them to local chickens to improve eggshell and soil quality for area farmers.

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Replate, a simple concept

Replate – to place unwanted leftovers, typically in a doggie bag, on top of the nearest trash can so they don’t go to waste. A simple concept, Replate was the brainchild of Language in Common founder Josh Kamler. The idea is … Continue reading

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What Is Food Waste

What is food waste and what can I do about it? Food waste is a significant problem. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 1/3 of food produced for humans in the world is either lost or … Continue reading

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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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