According to a report issued in 2012, approximately 40 percent of food grown and processed in the United States goes uneaten. Now Walmart, one of the nation’s biggest grocers, is working with a Pennsylvania environmental nonprofit to send truckloads of its unsold produce to nearby farms for composting.
More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material. Yet, millions of Americans went hungry last year. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is addressing food waste and hunger through gleaning—that is, picking excess crops on area farms.
Forty percent of all food produced in the United States gets wasted. That’s 35 million tons a year. It takes up space in landfills and when it rots, it sends huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. New federal programs plan to change that. But we asked some high school interns from Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh to brainstorm how to prevent food waste.
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