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Food Waste

Kroger is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to set industry standards that would eliminate food waste.

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the food industry on Thursday, urging companies to get behind the initiative to standardize the use of the phrase "best if used by" on packaged food labels.

Where other chefs might see kitchen trash, Tim Ma finds treasure — for his culinary creations, and his bottom line.

An estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. each year, enough to fill Chicago's Willis Tower 44 times. Globally, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted annually.

Food Waste in America

Aug 16, 2016
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Despite the fact that Americans throw away nearly 80 billion pounds of food a year, most are unaware food waste is a enormous issue in the country.  Food waste has it's hand in harming climate, water, land and biodiversity, which aids in the destruction of our natural resources. Education and strategy could help curb our populations wasteful habits. 

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Researchers at Ohio State University say food waste is a serious problem in America. Yet nearly half of the people they recently surveyed don’t think they contribute to food waste, and many believe they’re doing the right thing by throwing food away.