Nearly 20% of world’s food is wasted, UN report says

Will Kreznick

The U.N. report estimates the world wastes 1.03 billion tons of food each year.

NEW YORK — Instead of finishing your leftovers, you let them go bad and buy takeout. It’s a familiar routine for many — and indicative of habits that contribute to a global food waste problem that a new United Nations report says needs to be better measured so that it can be effectively addressed.

The U.N. report estimates 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. That amounts to 931 million metric tons (1.03 billion tons) of food.

The waste is far more than

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One year later: COVID-19’s impact in Camden

Will Kreznick

One of the first coronavirus cases in South Carolina arrived in the City of Camden. News 19 takes a look back and the impact and where things stand today.

CAMDEN, S.C. — The steps of Camden City Hall shone this week from the light of more than 100 luminaries — one light for each life lost in Kershaw County to COVID-19.

“Every time I hear of a death in Camden, Kershaw County, my heart hurt because I know that the majority … died alone,” Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford said.

She still remembers the day when one of the first

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Make food more equitable through antitrust laws

Will Kreznick

From destroying perfectly good food due to supply chain bottlenecks, to farmworkers risking their lives in the fields for poverty-level wages, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore our food system’s rigid, wasteful and exploitative nature. 

Given President BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott’s medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s recent order to review supply chains, with those in agriculture included, now is the time to consider using our country’s antitrust laws to help make our food

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Watch now: How this business is bringing healthy choices to Decatur tables | Food and Cooking

Will Kreznick

“Everything is fully prepared,” the owner said about the lunches. “All that person has to do is pop it in the microwave and it’s done.”

Healthy options are important to the Namken Nutrition menu, such as sweet potatoes, gluten free flours, chia seeds and fresh vegetables, but smoked meats often make it on the menu. With no freezers, the ingredients have to be fresh. “And we don’t usually do anything out of a can,” Namken said.

The list of ingredients is minimal, Namken said. “When you look at the back of a food label and you see 45 ingredients, a

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Fresno’s Manchester Center: Food trucks back, farmers market gone

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A customer picks up food at a food truck event in 2020. Fresno Street Eats will begin hosting food trucks at Manchester Center Friday, March 5. Real Philly, Brickology, Rubia’s Churros, Get Baked and Taqueria Jalisciense will be participating in the first one.

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New life is returning to Fresno’s Manchester Center parking lot on Fridays with the debut of a food truck event March 5.

Fresno Street Eats is organizing the weekly event, and will have five food trucks on the corner of Shields and Blackstone avenues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This Friday’s attendees:

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