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Chefs cook vegetables that will be added to a giant, 7-foot-wide platter of paella. The dish, made from produce diverted from the dump, was served up as part of a free feast for 5,000 in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to raise awareness about food waste. Morgan McCloy/NPR hide caption

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Food scraps are seen in a compost bin at a San Francisco restaurant. A new report ranks centralized composting as a top strategy for keeping food waste out of landfills, where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Less-than-perfect fruit and vegetables are sold at a discount under the new Produce with Personality program being piloted at five Giant Eagle stores in Pittsburgh. Courtesy of Giant Eagle hide caption

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Brother William Valle of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Chillum, Md., loads potatoes onto his cart at the Capitol Area Food Bank, in Washington, D.C. A new government initiative seeks to engage faith-based groups on food waste — for instance, by using their existing relationships with food banks to redirect excess food to the hungry. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Evan Lutz of Maryland-based Hungry Harvest makes his pitch to the Shark Tank investors on Friday night's episode. The company rescues ugly and surplus produce that might otherwise have landed in the landfill, and sells it to subscribers instead. It also donates a significant amount of produce to groups that feed the hungry. Tyler Golden/ABC hide caption

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Cascara is made by brewing dried coffee cherries, which typically would have otherwise ended up as compost. "We have been throwing away this perfectly good coffee fruit for a long time, and there's no real reason for it, because it tastes delicious," says Peter Giuliano, of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Murray Carpenter for NPR hide caption

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For six months, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jen Rustemeyer vowed to eat only food entering the waste stream. They document their experiment, and the problem of food waste, in Just Eat It. Courtesy of Pure Souls Media hide caption

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In 'Just Eat It,' Filmmakers Feast For 6 Months On Discarded Food

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"Asparagus Shortcake," a leftover creation from The Cook's Book published in 1908. Special Collections/Michigan State University Libraries hide caption

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The History Of Our Love-Hate-Love Relationship With Leftovers

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Most fruits and vegetables — particularly after being cut — store better in an airtight container, Gunders says. And it's best to store them in see-through containers so we don't forget about them. USDA hide caption

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The government's first ever national target to reduce food waste will encourage farmers to donate more of their imperfect produce to the hungry. iStockphoto hide caption

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It's Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say

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