Pre-made meals found in the prepared food aisle are a growing source of food waste, as it is difficult to re-use meals that aren’t sold but are fully cooked.
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Grocery stores and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach. With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce or massive portion sizes, many grocery stores and restaurants end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food.
Despite efforts to cut down on waste, the consumer end of the food chain still accounts for the largest share of food waste in the U.S. food system.
At Grinnell Heritage Farm in Grinnell, Iowa, this 15-bushel crate collects all the waste from the packing shed that will get composted. Most of it is rotten or damaged.
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On a wet, grey day in Grinnell, Iowa, the rain beats a rhythm on the metal roof of a packing shed at Grinnell Heritage Farm. Crew member Whitney Brewer picks big bunches of kale out of a washing tank, lets them drip on a drying table and then packs them into cardboard boxes.
Like most farms in the United States, this one uses ample labor, harvesting tools and technology, and readily available refrigeration to ensure that most of its produce makes it to market. Most food that can’t be sold is eaten by the crew or donated to area food banks that can distribute it to people who need it.
Larry Cooper is a leader of Colorado Right To Know, an advocacy group that's pushing for a statewide GMO labeling ballot initiative. The group's finances are currently lagging behind the issue committee opposed to mandated labels, the No On 105 Coalition.
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In just a two week period, the amount of money flowing into Colorado’s battle over whether or not to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, colloquially known as GMOs, has reached staggering amounts. Voters will decide Proposition 105 in November.