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Students partner with NYS to address food waste

Forty percent of the food that’s grown in the United States is never eaten. Often what’s left over is tossed and ends up in landfills which can impact the environment.

On Tuesday, members of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT talked about ways to consume 100% of the food grown in our country and around the world. Food waste has potentially higher biogas than any other sources like agriculture and wastewater sludge.

The forum, in efforts to find solutions to curb food waste in our community, came down to this.

“100% utilization. We need to look at models where we produce the amount of food we need to consume as human beings to sustain life and no more.”

Thomas Mcquillan, the Vice President of Baldor Specialty Foods, says that our culture allows people to see food as a disposable item.

“The only opportunity for that food product to breakdown and is to release gases. That’s what seeping out of our landfill today. In the instances where we are not capturing that gas, it goes into our environment,” said McQuillan.

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