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Last Week in Food Waste:

  1. Our favorite story from the week: how orange juice can directly benefit national parks.

  2. The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign goes to elementary school -- and the kids love it!

  3. Check out these food waste tips from Hong Kong.

  4. If you are in the UK, head to Starbucks during the last hour of the day to receive 50% off select items. This effort is part of their initiative to reduce food waste and fight hunger.

  5. Struggling to not waste the leftovers that pile up in your fridge by the end of the week? One of these hash recipes might be your solution -- a short history of Hash included.

  6. Bokashi aka the Japanese compost method.

  7. Need more charts in your life? Check out these charts and stats breaking down food waste and food waste awareness in the U.S.

  8. According to this research conducted by Grundig (a European manufacturer of home electronics), consumers want to live more sustainably and waste less food -- but most aren’t sure how and lack the time to do so.

  9. New Yorkers -- dine at these five restaurants that are taking an innovative approach to food waste.

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  1. It’s almost here!! The moment we have all been waiting for. On October 13, "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" will be released and available in select theaters. Here’s another trailer to get you pumped.

  2. Find out how La Soupe, a nonprofit in Cincinnati Ohio, is fighting child hunger. The nonprofit collects leftover produce from local grocery stories and organic farms and turns it into big batches of soup that is then frozen and distributed in the area.

  3. Imperfect Produce is taking over the West Coast (in a good way). The company expanded its services to Portland, Oregon earlier this month. If you are a Portland area resident and looking for a CSA full of ugly produce, you can sign up online here.

  4. Would you try this Smart FridgeCam to cut down on food waste? This new product will allow consumers to look at what they have in their fridges from their smartphones at any moment. It also suggests recipes, reminds you when you are low on essentials, and helps keep track of expiration dates. Now that’s a pretty smart fridge.

  5. Do you prefer your alcohol distilled with Twinkies or Ho-Hos? With Misadventures & Co you might not have to choose. They make their vodka with unused bread and bakery products from a local food bank.

  6. Tesco is bringing mini avocados to the UK, selling avocados similar in size to eggs that are not usually purchased from growers. 

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Last week in Food Waste:

  1. San Francisco takes its food waste seriously -- in the city it is required by law to compost your food waste. This is one of many efforts made in San Fran to reach zero waste by 2020.

  2. Which countries are leading the way in sustainable food? Barilla makes a list of the top five.

  3. Fresh Pod pilots a new technology for fridges to keep produce fresher for longer.

  4. The World Wildlife Fund examines food waste in South Africa.

  5. In Wisconsin, watermelon rinds and potato peelings are being used to power buildings.

  6. Check out these innovative techniques that restaurants are using to minimize food waste.

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Your Weekly Food Waste Digest

In 2012, this NRDC report quantified the amount of food wasted in the United States. A staggering 40% of all food produced is sent to a landfill. Policy makers, NGOs, entrepreneurs, chefs and food businesses have stepped up and made tremendous efforts to reduce food waste in the past five years. 

At Eatable, we're thrilled to see the food waste breakthroughs happening across the country and around the globe. Check out our favorite food waste stories on our blog weekly and get inspired to end food waste. 

Last week in food waste:

  1. Johns Hopkins Center for A Livable Future published a study breaking down the nutritional content of food waste in America. Researchers found that the amount of food we waste is enough to provide a 2,000 calorie diet to 84% of the population. Read the full study here.

  2. UK households throw away 1.4 million bananas EVERY day. So Sainsbury created banana rescue stations in their grocery stores.  Bring on the banana bread!

  3. If you could push a button, and it would keep food from being wasted, would you do it? Check out this video to see how the MIT Media Lab deals with extra food.

  4. Getting creative with recipes to reduce waste isn’t limited to chefs and restaurants. Bartenders can learn a thing two from Scout, a sustainable cocktail bar in the UK. Beetroot cocktail anyone?

  5. So, we waste a lot of food. What are some of the biggest reasons why?

  6. Now that you are sufficiently motivated to reduce your food waste -- check out this kitchen food waste infographic for simple tips on how to waste less in your own kitchen!