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Food waste in Salt Lake City and all cities within the United States makes up 21 percent of waste entering landfills [“Wasteland,” Nov. 28, 2013, City Weekly]. Social media is a prominent factor in our everyday lives, so why not use this ability to connect with each other to redistribute food waste?

In Colorado, local restaurants, grocers and farmers are able to post their extra produce and food to a website. Volunteers identify certain nonprofits that provide to a network of people in need, and then distribute the food that comes from producers.

In Southern California, farmers post surplus crops on a social-media site to distribute produce that is about to go bad instead of throwing it into the compost bin.

Social media is incredibly prominent in our day-to-day lives. We should use it to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions and our landfill contributions, while simultaneously benefiting communities with affordable food.

Meg Wolf
Sophomore Studying Environmental Science,
Westminster College
Salt Lake City

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