An Abundance of Waste
Farmers and growers have made gigantic advancements in food production over the last century, ensuring more food flows from farm to table than at any time in human history. Yet, some estimates say as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.
Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. An incredible 35 million tons of food were thrown away in 2012, according to the EPA. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.
NET Nebraska and Harvest Public Media are exploring the problem of food waste in America.
And tune in to your local public television station for an in-depth look at “Tossed Out: Food Waste in America.” Check your local listings.
Or watch the videos below.
Inside a Landfill
Studying a Family's Food Waste
Trash to Glass