Food is on many Americans' minds this week as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, but just as the holiday brings spectacular amounts of food, it also brings spectacular amounts of waste.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted each year. That’s about 222 million tons of food wasted by developed countries like the United States, and that's nearly as much as the total amount of food produced in sub-Saharan Africa.
What big forces perpetuate all that waste? And what are the small ways individuals can cut back, especially during the holidays?
Jonathan Bloom, creator of WastedFood.com and author of "American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It)"