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Our Most Popular Food and Fuel Stories of 2015

How to make KCups less wasteful

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In case you missed any, here’s a roundup of our most popular blog posts of 2015. As you can see by this list, our readers are more interested than ever in learning about the food waste problem and finding ways to fix it. On the fuel side, stories about innovation and idling reduction were popular, too.

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How to Keep Food Safe in Power Outages and Floods

Keep the fridge and freezer closed during a power outage

Photo: Kathleen Franklin via Flickr

When dealing with severe weather, the priority is keeping yourself, your family and your pets safe. If the power goes out — and is out for a while — it’s important to keep your food from spoiling and know how to decide what to toss it if does go bad.

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USDA and EPA Set Historic Goal to Cut U.S. Food Waste in Half

Obama Administration Announced US Food Waste Goals

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Today is a groundbreaking day in the fight against food waste. The Obama administration announced the United States’ first-ever food waste reduction goal: Reduce food waste in America by 50 percent by 2030.

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Good Growth: Farmers Markets Still on the Rise

National Farmers Market Week

It's National Farmers Market Week! Photo: Phil Roeder via Flickr

If it seems like farmers markets have sprouted from every vacant parking lot in the last few years, you’re not imagining things. According to the latest data from the USDA, the number of farmers markets in the United States has grown by 76 percent since 2008. In honor of National Farmers Market Week, here’s a look at the future of farmers markets.

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USDA Announces Funding to Help Rural American Businesses Go Green

On June 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA funding for 450 projects that help agricultural producers and rural small businesses use renewable energy technologies, reduce energy consumption, and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. In all, the USDA … Continue reading

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Helping New Farmers and Small Farms Avoid Credit Card Debt

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced May 25 that the USDA is seeking comments on a new microloan program to help small and family farm operations progress through their start-up years with the goal of eventually graduating to commercial credit. “Over … 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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