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Hello BEST members,
 
Food waste is an important issue that deserves more
attention. An estimated $165 billion is the cost for wasting approximately
30-40 percent of edible food in the United States. “According to the
NRDC, getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and soaks up 80 percent of all fresh
water used in the United States.” These statistics are alarming,
however, more programs and initiatives are becoming available in effort to
reduce the 33 million tons of food being wasted every year.
 
One way to help reduce food waste is at the source.
CropMobster is an initiative that links communities in need with local farmers
and producers so that no food is ever thrown away; any food that would
otherwise be thrown away is going to a hungry community. Another food reduction
measure being taken is the “trayless” movement by the company Sodexo. The
“trayless” movement in college cafeterias helps discourage students from the
usual unlimited food buffet attitude where food waste is no concern. Students
are no longer able to load up their trays with more than they can eat, which has
resulted in a 30 percent reduction in food waste. One more example of smart
initiatives being taken to reduce food waste is the FreshPaper by Fenurgreen.
The FreshPaper invention includes a piece of paper infused with spices that can
organically keep fruits and vegatables fresh for 2-4 times longer than average. 
 
These food waste reduction initiatives are a few examples of
a step in the right direction. Food waste is such a problem in the United States 
however, that a culture change, in the minds of consumers and corporations,
is truly necessary to solve such an egregious problem. 
 
 
Leslie Pascaud. "A Food Waste Reduction Movement
Gathers Steam” 
Forbes, July 24th, 2014.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/techonomy/2014/07/24/a-food-waste-reduction-movement-gathers-steam/
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Brett Nelson
Undergraduate Intern 
2014 BioEnergy & Sustainability School
Soil and Water Science Department
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