Food waste and recycling


Guests: Emily Broad Leib, Nelson Widell, Michael Webber

Imagine throwing away forty percent of what you just bought at the grocery store.  Sounds crazy but Americans thrash a lot of edible food – about $160 billion a year.  A recent report says expiration dates and the public’s misunderstanding of them are largely to blame.  This hour, reducing our food waste and recycling it.  We’ll look at changing food “sell by” labels.  Also, the growth in food scrap composting around the country.  And new technology that can turn rotting food into fuel.  Marty talks about this all with a trio of guests: EMILY BROAD LEIB, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard University, NELSON WIDELL, co-founder and partner of Peninsula Compost Group, and MICHAEL WEBBER, Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

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