To understand food waste, follow a California strawberry along the supply chain

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To illustrate California’s food waste crisis, KCRW follows a strawberry as it begins on a farm and finally ends up in a person’s meal or trash can. Image by Mike Royer.

Nearly half of food grown in the United States gets thrown out. More food is tossed once it reaches a household fridge than at any other point in the supply chain. With every strawberry that doesn’t get eaten comes the wasted water to grow it, the wasted gas to transport it, the methane it emits while it rots, and crowded landfills.