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Whopping Wastefulness: America's Food Waste Problem And What We Can Do About It (VIDEO)

08/24/2012 06:10 pm 18:10:33 | Updated Oct 24, 2012

A study released Tuesday revealed that Americans throw away 40% of the food supply annually, a 50% increase since the 1970s that totals to roughly $165 billion annually. The average American family of four throws away $2,275 each year in food alone. Even a 15% reduction in losses in the US food supply would save enough to feed 25 million Americans a year, and almost 20 million Americans are struggling to put food on the table each year.

Joining me on HuffPost Live Friday to discuss the problem of food waste -- and some potential solutions, including composting, making vegetable stock and a Refrigerator Challenge -- were Atlantic writer Brian Fung, leftover lover Rick Olson, food bank volunteer Judah Robinson, author Suzan Colon and food blogger and HuffPost community member Shawn Maye.

Watch a clip above and the full segment below.

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