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What's The Relationship Between Food Waste, Climate Change?

By all accounts, Americans throw away a lot of food. The group Feeding America, for example, estimates 70 billion pounds of food waste ever year in this country. That’s as much as 40 percent of the food grown, processed and transported.

The waste clearly has economic implications, as well as consequences for the effort to end hunger.

But, it also has environmental effects.

With me to explain is Chris Wharton, an associate professor of nutrition in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at ASU. Wharton discusses the relationship between food waste and climate change.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.