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Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

The Guardian, July 13, 2016, by Suzanne Goldenberg

The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry

"Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a “cult of perfection”, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection. ..."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/us-food-waste-ugly-fruit-vegetables-perfect

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In 'Just Eat It,' Filmmakers Feast For 6 Months On Discarded Food

NPR's All Things Considered, November 18, 2015

"...Roughly 133 billion pounds of food go uneaten each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As we've reported, a lot of that food loss starts at the top of the supply chain. Blemished berries get tossed at the farm, and warehouses dump food that's no longer perfectly fresh. Then about half of wasted food gets thrown out by consumers buying, cooking and serving more food than we can eat.

Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin saw similar amounts of discarded food in Canada, where they live. So, for six months, the couple vowed to eat only food entering the waste stream. They document their experiment in Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story...

Though food waste seems like a daunting issue, 'there's a lot that we as individuals can do. It's not like other environmental and social issues, where it's a systemic problem that we don't play a part in,' Rustemeyer tells Audie Cornish, host of NPR's All Things Considered. ..."

Listen to the interview or read more: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/11/18/456489490/in-just-eat-it-filmmakers-feast-for-6-months-on-discarded-food

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Waste

HBO, July 19, 2015, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.

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A Food Waste Story
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