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We Can’t Compost Our Way Out of a Food Waste Crisis

Food recovery is crucial to mitigating greenhouse gases from food

Food waste.
Food waste material processed by Compost Cab workers to create compost at Howard University Community Compost Cooperative on Wednesday, August 2 , 2017, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

In 2019, Oregon researchers went digging through trash in 230 homes. The study, which aimed to understand how much food people were wasting, surveyed both urban and rural homes and asked residents to keep diaries of what they threw away. What they found in the garbage…

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Colleen Stinchcombe

Colleen Stinchcombe

Journalist covering the environment, health, and outdoor recreation. colleenstinchcombe.com