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S2:E7 | 7.11.2019

The Pretty Big Problem of Ugly Food

"Ugly Food" subscription boxes propose to solve a very big problem: nearly half of all the food produced in the United States is being wasted. But will delivering a box of three-legged carrots and misshapen squash really address the root causes of food waste?

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About This Episode

"Ugly Food" subscription boxes propose to solve a very big problem: nearly half of all the food produced in the United States is being wasted, even while many struggle to put food on the table each day. But can delivering a box of three-legged carrots and misshapen squash really address the root causes of food waste? Or is the Ugly Foods movement actually doing more harm than good?

Featured

2012 NRDC Food Waste Report

Read the landmark Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2012 report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.”

2017 NRDC Food Waste Report

Read the updated Natural Resources Defense Council report on food waste in America from 2017.

Food Loss and Waste

Read the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report with recommendations on how the federal government can expand its efforts to reduce food waste. The study was requested by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s office (D-Maine).

Simplified Storage Solutions

Cut down on your own food waste at home with America’s Test Kitchen’s favorite food storage solutions.

Foolproof Preserving

If you’re interested in canning and preserving as a way to minimize your personal food waste, find inspiration from America’s Test Kitchen’s Foolproof Preserving cookbook.

Transcript

Bridget Lancaster: Hey guys. Bridget here. Now before we start this week's episode of Proof, I've got a favor to ask. We've posted a link to a survey in the show description. Now this is only our second season and we're still learning a lot. So, we'd love to get some feedback from you on what you like and what we could do better. All that good stuff. And it only takes a few minutes I promise. So, tell us what you think. Now onto the show.

From America's Test Kitchen, I'm Bridget Lancaster and this is Proof.

Harry Wood: What up Proof fam? It's your boy Harry a.k.a. H dub a.k.a. ball boy a.k.a. the food lover with the cool mother. Back again for Season 2 and this time I'm going to do a sick unboxing episode for y'all. Uhuh. That's right. My new order just cam…

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