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volunteering community service helping out doing our part contributions neighbor to neighbor philanthropy good works Food Recovery A Local Solution to a Global Problem R O B I N B R E T T W E C H S L E R writer america grows and raises about 600 billion pounds of food each year, and it's estimated that we throw away somewhere between a quarter and a half of that. That's enough food to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, notes Wellesley High School (WHS) graduate Jonathan Bloom in his 2010 book, American Wasteland. In the early 20th century, we shifted from a rural, agricultural society to an urban, non- farming one. Today we rely on convenience and expect to get whatever food we want, when we want it. And, Bloom points out an average American generates almost five pounds of trash a day. Since 12 percent of that, on average, is or was edible, we each discard nearly 200 pounds of food a year. Since 1974, our per-person food waste has risen by 50 percent. Wholesome food that's lost or disposed of is defined as wasted, surplus, or excess food by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This includes unsold food from retail stores, untouched prepared food, or trimmings from restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias, or indus- trial processing. Food unfit for human consumption can be fed to animals, composted, or sent to an anaerobic digester (to generate a biogas that's combusted to make electricity and heat, or processed into renewable natural gas and transportation fuels). T I I A M O N T O 146 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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