Food waste is a major issue in the United States, with an estimated 133 billion pounds of food going to waste each year. This is both an environmental and economic issue, as wasted food means wasted resources and money. Food waste is generated throughout the entire food supply chain, from production to consumption, and can be caused by a variety of factors such as overproduction, poor storage and transportation, and consumer behavior. Despite the complex nature of the problem, there are numerous solutions to tackle food waste in the US, such as reducing overproduction, increasing food donation, and educating consumers about food waste. Reducing food waste can help to reduce the environmental impact of food production and consumption, while also providing economic benefits. A California teen is heeding the call to action and created a non-profit organization to fight food waste and combat food insecurity in his town at the same time.
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