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Published on April 7th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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Food Waste by the Numbers

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We talk a lot about food waste around here, from ways to reuse those leftovers to reducing take-out waste when your order in.

When we discuss food waste we tend to focus on the hows, so I thought you guys would dig this infographic that gets into why reducing food waste is so important. Sure, wasting food is also wasting money, but food waste is also part of a bigger, global food picture. You can click on the image to view a larger version.

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Image Credits: Food Waste photo via Shutterstock; Infographic via Visual.ly

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



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  • http://Lolailo.etsy.com Gloria

    I wrote about this on my blog: http://lolailosadventures.blogspot.com/2012/01/big-waste.html

    It is horrifying. But in the last few weeks I have been pleasantly surprised by something I saw in my local supermarket. Rather than tossing the produce that is not looking 100% beautiful, they bag it and sell it for 99 cents. I scored a whole bunch of plantains that were spotty all over, and made delicious oven tostones for dinner. I am sure lots of people would rather get a 4-lb bag of less than perfect apples for 99 cents than for $6. I just hope the supermarket doesn’t start calculating how much revenue they are losing over this very noble initiative!

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