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What a waste: Jonathan Bloom wants the US to reduce its food waste problem

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(Read caption) A bulldozer shifts garbage at a landfill on the outskirts of Monterey, Calif. Nearly all food waste in the US ends up in landfills, where it produces methane gas. The average family of four throws out an estimated $1,350 worth of food annually.

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Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, wants everyone to know that wasted food is a growing problem in the United States that impacts both food security and the environment. But he doesn’t want to beat people over the head with his appeal for people to stop wasting food.

His blog, Wasted Food, covers everything related to food waste, from the role that consumers and restaurants play to productive ways that people can use every part of a vegetable. He even asks  his readers what their favorite food waste related songs are. His is the Black Lips’ Dumpster Dive.

“In my blog I try not to be too heavy handed,” he explained in a recent interview. “I want to communicate to people that everyone has a role in reducing food waste, so that I can spread the word and so that people who read the blog start changing their behavior, and hopefully their efforts start rubbing off on other people.”

Mr. Bloom began researching food waste in 2005 after doing volunteer work at the D.C. Central Kitchen, an experience that awakened him to the impact of food waste.

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