Opinion: Wrong solution for food waste

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The United States has a food waste problem. A big one. As much as 40 percent of the nation’s food supply — 133 billion pounds or at least $161 billion worth of food — ends up in the trash each year, according to the federal Department of Agriculture.

Doing something about all of that waste would save money. It would help hungry families. It would keep billions of pounds of trash out of landfills. It would even cut back significantly on climate-changing emissions released when food decomposes.

But individually packaging bell peppers or bananas — as a recently announced partnership between packaging and recycling giant Sonoco and Clemson University proposes to explore — would be the wrong solution.

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