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Waste Not, Want Not: Vt. Gets Serious About Food In Trash

Toby Talbot
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AP
In this Nov. 15, 2013 photo, Ted Coles dumps a truckload of food scraps at Vermont Compost in Montpelier. 'Food for animals' is third in the state's hierarchy of reducing food in the waste stream.

On July 1, 2014, the first mandate of a new state law goes into effect that will ultimately ban all food scraps from landfills.  As Act 148 is phased in, organizations that work in Vermont's food systems are rallying around the idea of 'food rescue' - redirecting wasted food to a higher purpose to feed people, animals or be composted. Monday on Vermont Edition: food rescue, and the effort to keep food on plates and out of the trash.

Tell us how your community has looked at food waste, composting and food rescue -- post below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also in the program, Sumer School! We get in a lesson in fencing from Viveka Fox of the Vermont Fencing Alliance.

And, music by Anders Parker.  His new album, There’s A Blue Bird In My Heart, is out this month and he'll perform a few tracks live in the VPR studios.

Broadcast live on Mon., June 30, 2014 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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