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Exploring the American Wasteland with Jonathan Bloom

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For everyday folks, I think the most important thing we can do is teach our kids not to waste food.

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Have you ever felt like food waste was such a big and mind-boggling problem that you desperately wanted some perspective on how things ended up this way? 

If so, you need to meet Jonathan Bloom. To understand the extent of food waste in the United States as well as what causes it, he dove headfirst into our food system, spending time working on a farm, at a restaurant, in a catering company, and stocking shelves at a supermarket. 

The result was his groundbreaking book “American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It).” In our chat, we discuss why grocery shopping more often is a powerful way to prevent waste, why the timing of recess in schools matters more than we realize, and we dissect Jonathan’s hot take that composting might not be the environmental victory that many of us assume it is.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about food waste or are fed up with stats about waste and just want some practical ways to take it on in your life, this episode is packed with timeless wisdom and actionable lessons for you! 

Episode Show Notes:

If you liked this, then tune in to Redefining Black Food with Chef Mimi.