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Feb 22, 2024

Most people don’t set out to waste food. And yet, we’re pretty much all guilty of it.  It happens everywhere in our food system. Tomatoes that don’t meet product specifications get left on the vine at farms. Byproducts of processed foods get tossed out on the manufacturing line. Ugly lemons get picked over at the […]

Feb 22, 2024

Food gets wasted at every point in the system. It happens on farms, at factories, in grocery stores and at restaurants. But as we reported in our food waste explainer, the biggest wasters of food are households across the country. In 2022, food waste cost the US $428 billion. Nearly half—48.2 percent—of the country’s uneaten […]

Feb 21, 2024

Barry Friesen remembers the days when plastic wasn’t used on farms. “One of my first summer jobs was working as a farm hand on a dairy farm,” he recalls. “It would take a team of workers six weeks to bale hay. Now, with technology and various types of plastic tools, one person can do that […]

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