The left’s focus on climate change has in recent years made American diets and meat consumption a touchstone at the intersection of politics and culture. From comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., about bovine flatulence to questions about how the Biden administration’s climate targets will affect the agricultural sector, food has become the latest battlefront in America’s culture wars.
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An Epidemic of Food Waste
The federal Department of Agriculture estimates that the United States wastes as much as 40 percent of the food it produces. In 2010, food waste totaled approximately 133 billion pounds — or roughly 432 pounds for every man, woman, and child that year — costing