Talking about food waste isn't easy. While today's modern grocery stores are making a wide variety of foods incredibly accessible to many people (just think of how many kinds of cereal and produce you see in a Wegman's aisle alone), the rise of "big box" supermarkets also comes with a hefty price: more waste.
The United Nations estimates that more than one third of food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. For all the food that ends up on our kitchen tables, one good, perfectly edible portion makes it to the trash first.
And while it's not a new problem, the issue is becoming hard to ignore: In the U.S. alone, the amount of food we waste today is three times more than what we wasted 50 years ago.