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abandoned orangeAmericans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise.

Fusing my journalistic research on the topic with the work of countless others, this site examines how we squander so much food. Part blog, part call to action, Wasted Food aims to shed light on the problem of, you guessed it, wasted food.

I’ve been researching this topic since 2005, when two experiences made me aware of just how much food is wasted. Volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen, a homeless shelter that rescues unused food from restaurants and supermarkets illuminated the excess in those areas. Gleaning, or gathering crops that would otherwise be left in the field and distributing them to the hungry, illustrated the agricultural abundance that is often plowed under.

gleaning sweet potatoes

When you’re looking for it, you see food waste everywhere–at restaurants, in large portions and even in your own refrigerator. If more and more people recognize their own food waste, we can take a bite out of this problem.

Hope you’re hungry for change.

 

61 Comments

  1. Posted April 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I adore your blog! I was thinking of taking a similar direction, but you do it magnitudes better :)

  2. Yvette Montoya
    Posted May 13, 2007 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    I have had the chance to browse this site very briefly, you know the day that we have had!! I will have to think more about this and where the waste happens.

    Thanks for sending me this-I will have to look over this with a less sleep deprived mind.

    Yvette

  3. Posted June 3, 2007 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan,

    I’ve chanced upon your website after your posting abt. my esmosphere product. I certainly agree with your observations on food waste in the commercial market. Anything doesn’t look good goes into the bin. It’s common practice everywhere. Really a big waste !

    BTW, would you be interested to try out the esmosphere yourself ? I’d be glad to send some samples to you.

    regds,
    Richard

  4. Posted July 28, 2007 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Interesting project you have going. Also consider all the animal parts that are wasted because of cultural taboos and ill-advised regulations, and all the animals that would be more efficient to farm than beef and pork, if they were only accepted as “normal” foods — kangaroo, ostrich, buffalo, etc.

    Check this out…
    http://www.weirdmeat.com/

  5. Cindy
    Posted August 8, 2007 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Jon,
    I’ve been wanting to tell you for a while that I’ve noticed a change in my “leftover” habits that I attribute to you! I’ve found myself three times in the last week saving portions of leftovers that I would previously have thrown away … but, now I think “I should save this and have it with that little bit of such and such that I saved yesterday.” Just thought you’d like to know you’re impacting some of us lurkers out here in changing our wasteful ways.

  6. Posted November 5, 2007 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Hi Jon – I believe we met a few years ago when you were still a student. This blog is great, so glad to find you.

    Best wishes –
    Billie


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  7. Tammy Gauley
    Posted November 7, 2007 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m doing a research paper on how to reduce food waste in kitchens. I got very encouraged when I found your website and others trying to reduce waste.

  8. dee dee
    Posted December 19, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan,
    I’ve recently discovered your website (linked through No Impact Man). I tend to be a little obsessive about waste so you’ve touched a nerve with me. Just wanted to make a little comment on your entry about making stock. My husband make stock from the Thanksgiving turkey carcass. In addition to the bones and skin, he added an onion; a couple of carrots; limp old celery with the leaves and a few leftover whatnots in the veg drawer of the fridge. It was incredibly rich and tasty. The soup he made from the stock a few days later was outstanding; and it made enough to freeze a few portions.
    I’ve asked for a small composter for Christmas because I can’t stand to see the beautiful beet and carrot tops, butternut squash skins and banana peels go in the garbage.
    We put apple cores out for the squirrels!
    Keep up your wonderful work!
    Dee Dee in New Hope, PA

  9. Rose Hoban
    Posted January 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jon,

    I LOVE this blog. I’ve sent the link for the food mill to about 5 friends and told my boyfriend I want one for my birthday. His nose wrinkles every time I open up my compost bin.

    We share a lot of things, NY, NC, journalism and frustration at food waste: my brother’s been an organic gardener on LI for some 30 years, my first job out of school was running a soup kitchen on the Upper West Side and I was present at the creation of City Harvest, I still always buy the ‘ugly’ tomatoes at the Carrboro farmers’ market, they taste the same in my gazpacho!

    I hope you end up writing a great book and it shakes people up. Keep up the good work!

    R.

    Rose Hoban, RN, MPH
    Health Reporter, North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC

  10. Posted February 15, 2008 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Hi. Great site – I haven’t searched around to see if you’ve ever covered food waste research from the UK (apologies if you have) but there are some links you might be interested in on a post I’ve just written – stuff about food waste in the UK, equivalent to Tim Jones’ studies in the US, and some NGO/Govt attempts to combat the problem. Keep up the good work!

  11. Ashley
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    This was a very helpful resource on my topical/persuasive speech in Public Speaking. You were correctly credited for my information, and thank you for the insight into this issue.

    I think, also, that Universities all over are wasting unlimited amounts of food in the may a flat rate and take as much as you want. I leave the cafeteria every evening and see trays and trays full of barely touched items and full glasses of milk.

    If we change the system to may cheaper amounts (for the student) per item, it would only allow a student to eat that single item.. and would help prevent the freshmen 15..

    it’s ridiculous.

  12. liz
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    What about the “expired” dates on everything?? I appreciate it on some items as a guide – but even toothpaste? I suspect this is a seller’s move to have consumers toss products after a short time. I realize that taste and quality might decrease over time, but most canned goods are good for many years – not just 18 months or whatever. But many of my friends will not touch anything after it’s expiration date, even if it is a sealed oil and vinegar dressing and only two weeks past the expiration date. This is a bit crazy! They throw out all bottled and canned goods immediately upon passing the expiration date, which should be a guide (not a warning of imminent death from ingestion!)
    And please – just slice the mold off the cheese, which has been done for centuries around the world.

  13. therese Priest
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful idea and great blog.You mentioned the word GLEANING, it reminds me of a movie made by a French cineast , Agnes Varda : les glaneuses…If you happen to have a hold on it, it is wonderful.
    Keep up the good work, you are indeed not wasting your time with your project!!!
    Therese

  14. Theresa
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I work in a small co-op grocery store and cafe. We serve vegan and vegetarian dishes. We recycle all the food we can into compost which is distributed throughout the neighborhood. Anyone can leave a bucket and we will fill it with whatever is not going to be used or eaten. It is awesome to know that we are constantly giving back to the earth not in a landfill but in neighborhood gardens. Cheers to all urban gardeners!!!!!

  15. Posted July 7, 2008 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Your blog is great and I hope it helps raised people’s awareness. With the price of the food rising, it’s a good time to make a tide change.

    Being a 1st-generation immigrant from Asia who has been in the US for 18 years, I was stunned to see how much food Americans waste. Over the year, I somehow had joined the food waster’s league. I think we are growing our next generation to be even bigger waster of food. At my daughter’s birthday party, we bought the huge rectangle cake from Costco. It’s cheaper than any cake we can find in the grocery stores and 3 times bigger. Each kids at the party got a big slice and most eat less than half of it and we had to throw the leftovers away. We were left with a half sheet of cake every time we had a B-day party since it’s just too big. Same things happened to the pizzas, boxed drinks, etc. I felt bad that we were teaching our kids to waste food from the beginning of their young life. We finally switched to more expansive, smaller cakes.

    In this country food are so cheap and was treated like interchangeable commodity. They were mass-produced, packed with calories, and tastes generic. I made a choice to respect my food, shop at the farmer’s market and make the most out of them myself.

  16. Posted July 25, 2008 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    I took my kids to America for a holiday last year and was AMAZED at how big the orders were. The meals served are enourmous. No wonder food is being waste and no wonder there is an obesity problem.

  17. Posted August 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Mr Bloom,

    The Blooms in the News blogsite wants YOU!. Would you are to :

    1: join
    2. have your name and work mentioned onsite
    3. leave a comment on the blog

    Found you via Dot Earth blog and the Well at the NYTimes.

    Danny Bloom
    http://bloomsinthenews.blogspot.com

  18. Posted September 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    I just came across your blog through No Impact Man, and I love it. Very inspiring. We’re really trying to cut down on our waste, and now that we are, we find that all our decisions focus around food! In fact, we just had a conversation with our waitress tonight about why they don’t compost at all restaurants (I ended up taking my lime garnish home to my personal compost). Thanks for putting great and inspiring article out there.

  19. Yasmeen Khan
    Posted December 1, 2008 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Great job with this blog, Jon. It was nice running into you over at WUNC — and a nice surprise to see your entry in the NYTimes over Thanksgiving. Way to go! I think I’m going to use your blog as a guide for my new year’s resolutions. for real.

    Stay in touch about your book. Hope that is going well.

    Yasmeen

  20. alice Lee
    Posted January 5, 2009 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan,

    I already left one comment on the tips section but I don’t know if you got it so I’m sorry; I’m leaving another one. :) , Do you think that it would be a good idea or even possible if someone could make a company that takes the the “culls” ( fruits and vegetables) and dry them? Then they could donate this to the homeless instead if it going to waste. I was thinking those cull fruits would still be excellent if dried, and the vegetables perhaps could be used for soups or other things once dried. Can you pass the thought along if you know someone who would be interested in doing something like that?, perhaps yourself? Great website! Thank you… – Sincerely, alice

  21. alice Lee
    Posted January 5, 2009 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    also the same idea could possibly be useful
    for meats, made into beef jerky or dehydrated meat for soups maybe?

  22. Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jon,
    I stumbled on your blog while researching my column for http://www.granvilleonline.ca/gr/blogs/home-economics. You’ve done some fantastic work – I look forward to hearing when your book comes out.
    Best,
    Diane

  23. lee
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    i love your website

  24. lee
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    i love reading this

  25. lee
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    hhgfcdx

  26. Posted March 26, 2009 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog via the one-dollar-a-day project person (names? who needs names?). It’s great to find other Durham-area food bloggers – especially with a sustainability slant. You’re inspiring me to think of desserts that use bits of this and bits of that…

  27. liying
    Posted March 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    thank you. love your blog. hello from toronto.

  28. Posted April 2, 2009 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Hello–and thanks for your website.
    I have the ultimate in foodrecycling; the rabbit that lives in my kitchen! When at friends’ home, I marvel at what they do with the vegetable trimmings without one!?! I even take veggies scraps home from friends’ homes for her, for my compost bin, and for my collection of bones and veggies that become succulent homemade soup stock. Don’t be intimidated by making your own broth–it’s not a Martha Stewart activity! Nothing could be simpler. Any carcasses or bones from roasted meats go in a freezer bag, with veggie tops, asparagus ends, an onion, and any elderly fresh veggies. On a day or night I’ll be home for several hours, they all dive into a stock pot together, covered with water and some herbs and spices. There is no wrong recipe. After simmering for 3-4 hours–and scenting your home companionably–the stock yields up the holy essences of all the good things that went in! Don’t know what to do with your stock? Strain the broth, and compost all but the bones. Chill the stock, skim the fat off, and place it in your freezer. (Pour some into ice cube trays to use a bit as a time for sauces.) Once you start making your own broth, you’ll love it. Store-bought canned broth just tastes like overpriced dishwater!
    Cheers!

  29. betsy
    Posted May 8, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    yay for your blog!

    here’s a summary of radio program i heard last night (May 7) on a local npr show called ‘colorado matters’ from kcfr in denver

    summary:
    In Times Like These – Grocery Shopping On The Cheap

    Dented cans of food and other supermarket castoffs fill the shelves at the The Friday Store in Arvada. Ryan Warner pays a visit and speaks with owner Martin Palumbo. Find other salvage grocers.

    http://www.kcfr.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=94

  30. Shannon Welch
    Posted October 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Dear fellow foodie!

    First I wanted to thank you for your fabulous blog. I am working on a fun, foodie event called Food for Thought. The fundraiser will profit the children of the non-profit Mission Graduates, located, in the heart of the Mission. It’s happening on Wednesday, November 11th in participating Mission District Restaurants including Andalu, Bar Bambino, Conduit, Farina, Maverick, Range, and Slow Club.

    We recruited these restaurants and we will be providing a volunteer ambassador that will help fill the restaurant and we have a marketing and PR campaign in place. In exchange, the restaurant will donate a % of their sales for the day.

    Would you be interested in being an ambassador? Maybe that’s too much on your plate (no pun intended). Would be able to help out with the event by promoting it on your blog?

    If so, I can send you more information on being an ambassador, or text and logos.

    Thank you!

  31. Posted November 25, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I heard your segment on WNPR this morning and thought I’d check out your site. I really enjoyed reading some of your posts; you are doing an important service by teaching others about the enormous amount of food waste that is generated. Thanks!

  32. Posted March 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    My man and I are pretty green and frugal so we have taught our 8 year old niece about composting and waist. She called her mother out the other day as she was about to toss leftover. Adding give it to uncle he’ll eat anything. *:)

  33. Sara MInard
    Posted May 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Hello –
    I know you are looking for quotes for your new book (congrats by the way) and I thought of The Supper of the Lamb — Robert Farrar Capon.

    There, then, is the role of the amateur: to look the world back to grace. There, too, is the necessity of his work: His tribe must be in short supply; his job has gone begging. The world looks as if it has been left in the custody of a pack of trolls. Indeed, the whole distinction between art and trash, between food and garbage, depends on the presence of absence of the loving eye. Turn a statue over to a boor, and his boredom will break it to bits — witness the ruined monuments of antiquity. On the other hand, turn a shack over to a lover; for all its poverty, its lights and shadows warm a little, and its numbed surfaces prickle with feeling. (p. 4 1st edition).

    I am rereading for the umpteenth time and will be sure to send more your way should I come across them.

    Looking forward to the book. Am working on a PhD in the Anthropology – Food Studies program here at Indiana University. My dissertation work will focus on the cultural drivers and ecological/environmental consequences of food waste. I’ve had a few phone chats with Jean Buzby at USDA’s ERS — she’s planning to focus more on waste this coming year.

    Best of luck. Sara Minard.

  34. Posted May 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Sara. Very nice of you to send that idea.
    Huzzah Jean Buzby! May the USDA bless her with more resources (that’s the real reason why she hasn’t focused on waste more).

  35. kate
    Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    i agree with what you have to say about wasted food.

  36. Posted August 26, 2010 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Hi. I’m 11 years old and I don’t like that all this food is being wasted, so I’m going to write to the Prime Minister about what he’s doing about it.

  37. Posted October 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    My son is getting married in Houston, Texas and I was wondering if any leftover untouched food can be donated??

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Irene

  38. Posted October 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Hi Irene,
    My best advice is to find a food recovery group or food bank in Houston and talk to them. But I don’t think anyone will take food that has been on an open buffet. So try to have staff serve it (if it’s a buffet) or put out smaller amounts and refill them more frequently. With plated meals, the stuff in the back that hasn’t been served is perfect fodder for donation.

    Good luck! And congratulations!
    Jonathan

  39. Courtney
    Posted November 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Irene,

    My mother hosts luncheons on a fairly regular basis for her job, and whatever they don’t eat – no matter if it’s on a buffet or plated – she takes to the local soup kitchen afterwards. She lives in a smallish town so that might be why they will accept any type of food donation, but it doesn’t hurt to give your local a call to be sure.

    And I admire the fact that you are thinking of the food waste in the planning of your son’s wedding. Most people don’t consider the post-celebratory plans.

  40. Posted November 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chris
    I am just listening to you chatting to Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand. You might like to take a look at our website and see how a good Kiwi backyard invention has become a world-leading solution to processing domestic organic waste – provided healthy consumption options have been exhausted first of course!

    Best wishes

  41. Joseph Papsidero
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Mr. Bloom, you are mistaken in your notion that enhancements to the child nutrition program should not be paid for by reductions in food stamp allotments. The most generous food stamp allotments go to recipients with young dependents in the household. If the congress is proposing to increase spending on child nutrition in the public schools then it is entirely appropriate to pay for it by reducing food stamp allotments. Are there no limits? Where does personal responsiblity come into the picture?

  42. DeWitt Henderson
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for publishing your book. I haven’t read it, but recently saw an article on it in USA Weekend. You beat me to it – I’ve been thinking of writing a book on waste for years, although I was going to cover all forms of waste – food, gas, paper, etc.
    My parents were Depression kids, and that’s partly why I abhor waste in just about every form, but it’s also because we’re destroying the planet… the population is about to hit 6.9 billion, and just 90 or so years ago it was only 2 billion. That can’t go on.
    But yes, it’s always angered and dismayed me to see people leave half the food on the plate when they leave a restaurant, and the many other ways and forms of wasting food. I throw away very, very little food.
    I’m afraid that due to too many people, changing weather affecting crops, and more, that it will become very important not to waste food.

  43. Neil
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I have a question for you (and I am sorry if I am not posting this in the right place…), have you looked into or talked about food waste generated from not eating most of our whole food animals. That is, you have addressed making the most of produce, including peels, skins, and the like; but what about things like organ meats, jowl, trotters, tails, cheeks, etc.?

    For me, I try to purchase meat from a local butcher that can get local and sustainably raised meats or directly from the farms as I can afford it. I have also gotten more interested in charcuterie. Both of these have gotten me thinking more about using these parts not commonly seen in modern American kitchens–and I know that these parts are not regular offerings at one’s local chain grocery store. I can only imagine how much goes to waste because (1) of the ick and unfamiliarity factor (2) people just not knowing how to prepare them well, and (3) some people not wanting to take much time to prepare food.

    My first venture into “nose to tail” eating will be trying a recipe for meatballs that includes heart and liver ground with the “regular” meat (a British dish known as faggots :] ) and making Guanciale, an Italian cured pork jowl (like bacon, but supposedly better).

    What are your thoughts in this area of food use and waste?

  44. Elizabeth
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    A hearty thank you for tackling a major peeve of mine. The waste of food in American restaurants and in my previous household drove me insane. I now live in France and make a point of managing our food stocks carefully. I buy high-quality meats, which, while expensive, reheat and reuse well; we eat every bit of a roast or chicken. I make it a game to make dishes from what we have on hand, and have learned how to dress up leftovers to make them seem, and taste, like new. It’s immensely satisfying to see our food money well-spent and well-eaten.

  45. Posted February 10, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Good mornin’ Jonathan,
    I am the Hunger Relief Advocate for the Society of St Andrew in the West Ohio area. We have been gleaning/salvaging food since 2000. We started out with a pickup truck, then added a trailer to it and have grown over the years that we received a grant to purchase a 2001 24 foot box truck to haul the produce to a food bank. From 2000 through 2010 we have gathered 3,408,453 pounds which otherwise be wasted. Already this year (January 2011) we have salvaged 73,501 pounds here in Northwest Ohio. I live just east of Toledo, OH. I thank you for what you do to make people aware of hunger in this country.

  46. Ashlie Witt
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    How about giving all the “throw-aways” to the crow population and also to dogs and cats. I even know someone who gives leftovers to her chickens – they eat better than she does. Chickens love salmon and spagetti. Crows can eat virtually anything. Composting is a good idea too. Horses love carrots and apples. Grocery stores and restaurants can donate their undesirable inventory to farmers or sanctuaries who have goats, cows and pigs; it’s a much better alternative to the garbage.
    I hope someday that people connect what they eat to the source. Maybe then we can behave in ways that appreciate the abundance this planet has to offer.
    Thanks so much for your book and making it a viable topic of conversation.

  47. Ann Swain
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    hi Jonathon,
    I saw you on HLN today. I’ve been a organic gardner & wildlife rehabilitator for over 40 years. My local grocery store used to give me discarded food for my wildlife. They went corporate in 2009 &stoped the food. They were afraid of lawsuit. I told them the Raccoons wouldn’t sue. No luck.
    It seems we’re raising & butchering more food than we consue. That’s a wast & sin.
    have you contacted Oprah about this?

    Ann Swain

  48. Posted May 11, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Dear Jonathan,

    Thank you so much for your well-researched book! I am half-way through it (on the chapter about your friends’ fridge, actually). I’ve been thinking about waste for a while — not just in terms of our personal waste at home, but also in terms of the waste I see all around me. I live in LA in an area with tons of fruit trees and often see the fruit rot on trees. In fact, when I worked at Cal State Northridge, I got into trouble once for picking up perfectly good oranges from the fruit-laden trees because they were property of the ‘state’. (Yet they weren’t being harvested…)

    Your book has given me some new ideas about how to be more conscientious (and some street cred — my husband is very guilty of impulse buys of things we don’t need…). In fact based on an anecdote in your book about someone throwing everything into a soup, I did the same the other day and my husband thought it was the best soup ever ;)

  49. Ray Masterson
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Johnathon, I actually saw this with my own two eyes yesterday at the National Restaurant Association Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. I was a guest of a chef friend at he took me to the last day of the show. The show was to close at 3pm. We were still walking the aisles about 2pm and I noticed booth after booth throwing away food by the garbage bag full. One booth actually threw away four baking trays of beautifully wrapped steaks and chops just so he would not have to take them back home with him. There was at least $500.00 worth of meat there in the garbage. This happened many times during the last hour of the show when vendors were getting ready to go home. I did see a very few of them give food to people nearby. I watched 7 cases of Nutella disappear in about 2 minutes.

    It was horrifying to watch this awful waste. But I’m not surprised since these are restaurant people that cannot give food away locally because of Health Department regulations. What a senseless waste.

  50. Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan,
    I was wondering if you’d add Fork it Over! (www.forkitover.org) to your links. This program, developed by Metro (the regional government) has been around since 2003 and works to link donors of fresh and perishable foods with the closest food rescue agencies in the Portland, OR metropolitan region. The program was developed to reduce the landfilling of edible food and increase donation, educate the business community and build community. It was built in consultation with businesses, food rescue agencies, health department representatives and local governments. We offer everything from on-site donation program assistance to just a computer interface where donors can find the closest agency to them that suits their needs. It has been replicated in other parts of the country including Seattle and Washington DC.
    We’ve (Metro) also done some in-depth studies around the barriers and benefits of donation as well as provided $900,000 in grant funding to purchase refrigerators, freezers and trucks to help food rescue agencies safely collect, transport and store perishable foods.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer

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  16. [...] world’s population — and 50 million residents of the world’s richest country — hungry while wasting an astounding amount of food can’t possibly be considered a success.On the bright side, Foley’s team of [...]

  17. [...] – Jonathan Bloom,  wastedfood.com [...]

  18. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  19. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  20. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  21. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  22. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  23. [...] year Americans waste 40 percent of food produced in this country. Meanwhile, more than 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide struggle [...]

  24. [...] more on the food we throw away  visit Jonathan Bloom at Wasted Food; or the E.P.A. — where you’ll find out that Americans generate 34 million tons of food [...]

  25. [...] 40% of the food produced in the U.S. isn’t consumed. It’s wasted. This percentage has grown over recent decades as our portion sizes have [...]

  26. [...] — and 50 million residents of the world’s richest country — hungry while wasting an astounding amount of food can’t possibly be considered a [...]

  27. [...] contribute to pollution and climate change, but research has found that Americans throw away over $100 billion of food a year.  In 2009, a scientific study published in Science Daily found that food waste was [...]

  28. [...] Hunger Amid Plenty Adding to the crisis is the fact that vast amounts of food are simply wasted. Americans alone throw out about 40 percent of the food they buy, according to Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland. [...]

  29. [...] most concerning, 70,000,000,000,000 ounces of food thrown away needlessly. Nicole needed a $10 set of [...]

  30. [...] Bloom, author of American Wasteland, found “Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at [...]

  31. [...] tolerate each other, much less to love everyone; we allow millions of people to go hungry while we throw away a huge amount of food; we support laws that basically make it illegal to be homeless, while we rattle around in huge [...]

  32. By March 8, 2012 – Segment 3 :: WP Test 11/12/12 on December 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    [...] Jonathan Bloom joins us.  He joins us to discuss the tremendous waste of food in this country, where we throw [...]

  33. By Food waste: life of a pie « Jagir Patel on January 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

    [...] Jonathan Bloom, in his book “American Wasteland,” tells us that Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, while food prices and the number of people in this world [...]

  34. [...] Hunger Amid Plenty Adding to the crisis is the fact that vast amounts of food are simply wasted. Americans alone throw out about 40 percent of the food they buy, according to Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland. [...]

  35. [...] attention to food waste has illuminated a major problem with the world’s food supply: more than 40 percent of the world’s food is ending up in landfills instead of being routed to people who [...]

  36. [...] Don’t waste food.  Americans waste more than 40% of the food we produce for consumption. Buy only what you will eat and learn to repurpose – or, better yet – share [...]

  37. [...] Spending is out of control. Especially at the grocery store. Did you know Americans waste 40% of the food they buy? That’s shocking and unfortunate, especially when you consider that in 2010, almost one billion people went starving. [...]

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