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Sally Greenberg's latest Huffington Post column

Reducing Food Waste in America: The Next Hot Consumer Issue

In May, coffee giant Starbucks made headlines by announcing it would stop throwing out unsold food items and instead, redistribute the unsellable-but-still-edible products to nearby food banks in refrigerated vans. According to the goals of the new program, called FoodShare, Starbucks would provide five million meals in the first year and nearly 50 million by 2021, when it expects to reach a 100 percent donation rate. It’s great that Starbucks is trying to reduce food waste, because the amount of food we Americans toss out has become a national epidemic. 

Food waste is a national epidemic. Approximately 40 percent of food in the U.S. gets tossed out. It’s is also an environmental issue: more than 97 percent of food waste ends up in landfills — 33 million tons of food each year. Food waste is a pocketbook problem, a poverty, hunger, and health problem.

Read more at Huffington Post.

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