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Posted Fri Nov 28 2008: from Washington Post (US):
Costs of Food Waste Pile Up
... Food waste has been a chronic problem for restaurants and grocery stores -- with millions of tons lost along the way as crops are hauled hundreds of miles, stored for weeks in refrigerators and prepared on hectic restaurant assembly lines. But the historically high price of commodities is making it an even bigger drag on the bottom line.... Roughly 30 percent of food in the United States goes to waste, costing some $48 billion annually, according to a Stockholm International Water Institute study. A 2004 University of Arizona study estimated that 40 to 50 percent of food in the United States is wasted.
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This story ... makes me want to vomit!
Truth is, there are so many clever -- if obvious -- solutions presented in this article, from composting trash cans in airports, to removing trays from cafeteries...

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