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Food Waste Entrepreneurs

These innovative entrepreneurs are turning the crisis of food waste into a profitable business opportunity.

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Feeding 7 Billion People And Counting

Inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Lappe and Danielle Nierenberg, Sustainable America has created the following infographic to explain how food is wasted and lost around the world, and what can be done about it.

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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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25 Facts for a Sustainable Holiday Season

In our holiday infographic, we share interesting statistics, facts, and good practices to think about as you eat, travel and celebrate this holiday season. Happy Holidays from Sustainable America!

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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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How To Make The Food System More Energy Efficient

This article was originally published in Scientific American, and is republished on the Sustainable America blog with the permission of the author, Dr. Michael E. Webber. “Examining our food supply through the lens of energy use reveals opportunities for smart policies, innovative technologies and new dietary choices that can potentially solve food and energy problems together. The same steps would also make our bodies, and our ecosystems, healthier.”

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TakeOutWithOut

"birefringence" by Photo Extremist

TakeOutWithOut asks you to BYOR (Bring Your Own Reusables) the next time you get take out!

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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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Food expiration dates

"Enjoyment's Interval" by David Goehring

The milk looks fine, it smells fine, but the ‘Sell-by’ date passed a few days ago. Should you drink it?

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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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