Trash Talk – Examining our perception of food waste

February 6, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Examining our perception of food waste…

Distinguish between food loss and food waste:
occurs at production, harvest, post-harvest & processing; can be a result of poor infrastructure, technology, or low investment in production systems; most critical in developing countries
Waste is more common in industrialized areas; is simply throwing away food that is still edible

One common problem that leads to waste? Our over-emphasis on appearance!
In the US, large quantities of perfectly good produce is wasted every day because it does not look ‘perfect.’ Looks can be deceiving!

Stay tuned for more on food waste.
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