Your Turn: How can we reduce food waste?

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What happens to unserved food in Rochester school cafeterias. Some of it ends up among Community Food Response offerings, which include entrees, soups, salads and much more.

A federal goal to cut the amount of food Americans waste in half by 2030 was announced last week.

In addition to helping food get to people who need it, the effort also aims to reduce the enviromental impact of wasted food. "Twenty-one percent of all the waste in landfills is food," Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg said. "Once it's there, it produces methane, which is a greenhouse gas."

What's your take? How can the nation help prevent food waste? What can communities and individuals do? Or, should the federal government be directing its efforts elsewhere?

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