Food waste is a pervasive problem in the United States. Every day, tons of perfectly edible food is thrown away, ending up in landfills and contributing to global warming. The negative environmental and economic impacts of food waste in the US are vast, and the amount of food that is wasted annually is staggering. From grocery stores to restaurants, households to schools, food waste is a problem that must be addressed. With significant progress being made in reducing food waste, there are many steps that can be taken to ensure that food waste is minimized while ensuring that those in need have access to nutritious meals. From composting to food donation programs, there are a number of strategies that can be implemented to help reduce food waste in the US. A California teen is taking matters into his own hands by collecting perfectly good food discarded by restaurants and donating it to food banks.
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