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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Improved Refrigeration

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Nearly 1/3 of all global food goes to waste or is lost due in part to insufficiencies in the transportation and coinciding refrigeration of food. Improved refrigeration could make a large impact on these losses.

"Ideally the cold supply chain is continuous, unbroken, and high quality," says Aaron Friedman-Heiman, a recent master's graduate from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. For many foods, cool temperatures are vital when traveling from farms to grocery stores. Rough 83 million metric tons of food waste could be saved given a functional system.

Most deficiencies in the chain are in Africa and Southeast Asian, but a large portion of the food problem in the US can be attributed to food waste due to habitual behavior of people purchasing too much food and/or not eating the food in their fridge before buying more.

Communities can combat individual food waste by eating what they have, not buying more food than they need, and buying locally grown food and practicing a farm-to-table lifestyle.

To learn more visit refred.org and the EPA website.

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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