The Bitter Southerner: Southern Startups Have New Tricks to Solve the Food-Waste Problem

 DAVID  PAULL  OF COMPOST WHEELS via The Bitter Southerner

DAVID PAULL OF COMPOST WHEELS via The Bitter Southerner

By Muriel Vega/Hypepotamus

Sustainability seems to be the buzzword of the year — from consumer brands to heating your home. But sustainability goes beyond simply recycling your paper and plastic. Every year, the U.S. population creates 34 million tons of food waste.

Forty percent of our country’s food is going uneaten.

Agriculture thrives in the South, with our rich soil and warm climate to nurture big crops of peanuts, peaches, wheat, and more. Urban farms are popping up near metro areas, and farmer’s markets brim with vegetables and fruits grown a handful of miles away by small farms. In Georgia, for example, organizations like Georgia Organics connects farmers to local families to provide them with better food options. However, while our choices for quality food expand, our food waste increases.

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