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Campuses Fight Food Waste

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From trayless cafeterias to thriving food recovery programs and composting, college campuses and students are tackling food waste and food insecurity nationwide. We highlight some effective programs.

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“Ugly” Produce Can Be A Beautiful Thing

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In recent years, an international movement to embrace “ugly” produce has taken root. The idea is simple – by using the edible, but slightly less beautiful fruits and vegetables that are typically discarded, we can decrease food waste and feed more people. Some of the U.K.’s biggest supermarkets have embraced this concept. Here in the states, while some charities and food banks have been doing this kind of work for years, many American businesses are just starting to consider the problem and potential of ugly produce.

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Oprah’s New Venture…Farming

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Oprah is known for starting contagious trends, and some hope that her decision to grow food on 16 acres of her Maui estate will spark a trend in local food production nationwide.

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The Future Looks Bright for Compost Pioneers

With commercial composting starting to take off, innovative businesses are harnessing the profit potential of turning everyday organic waste into compost for sale – savings tons of food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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To Grow Local Or Not To Grow Local

Bella Coola Beef in British Columbia

Matt Absatz owns and operates a cattle ranch in the remote glacial valley of Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada, where he raises Red Angus beef. He distributes beef in Southern California under the “Bella Coola Beef” label. The cattle are … Continue reading

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Wholesome Wave

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Wholesome Wave is a non-profit with a mission to “improve access and affordability of fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce to historically underserved communities.” Its founders believe that “doing so creates economic viability through local food commerce that can rebuild our nation’s food system.”

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How superstorms and extreme weather events are affecting agriculture

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In the last decade we have witnessed an incredible amount of droughts, hurricanes, floods and now superstorms. How can we create resiliency in our food systems in the face of these increasingly frequent and extreme weather events?

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WikiCells Edible Packaging

Imagine if after eating your ice cream, you could eat the package that it came in. Might sound like fantasy, but thanks to Harvard Professor David Edwards, this idea has now become reality. It’s a bold and innovative move towards eliminating plastic and paper in packaging using the principles of biomimicry, a practice that looks to models, systems and elements in nature to create solutions to human problems.

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Invasion of the Superweeds

What is a weed? According to Wikipedia, a weed is “A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation…” A fitting description for the invasive superweeds currently inundating America’s agricultural heartlands.

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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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