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Iskashitaa participant Rogita Darji, a refugee from Bhutan, gathers purslane, an edible plant to some, but considered a weed on a farm in Tucson, Ariz. Bill Hatcher hide caption

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Executive producer and narrator chef Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP hide caption

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A bottle of Misadventure Vodka, which is made out of disregarded baked goods like cake and bread. The southern California distillery reduces food waste while also creating premium vodka. Courtesy of Misadventure Vodka hide caption

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Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one big reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Amazon, Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that. mrtom-uk//iStockphoto hide caption

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Chef Douglas McMaster is committed to a "zero waste" ethos in his restaurants. Here, he plates up his creations at Silo, his flagship restaurant, in Brighton, England, about an hour south of London. Xavier Buendia/Courtesy of Doug McMaster hide caption

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Chef Michael Scelfo of Cambridge, Mass., left, and Lisa Carlson, who operates three food trucks in Minneapolis, collaborate on the Glynwood dinner's spelt salad with lamb tongues and hearts, and "ugly" cherries, shiitakes, and kale. Lela Nargi/NPR hide caption

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Reinford Farms has 700 dairy cows. As you can imagine, they produce a lot of ... um... material to be converted into electricity. Dani Fresh for WHYY hide caption

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Student Nicola Hopper, 11, and Jake Hensley, 11, load milk cartons and other food collected by students at Franklin Sherman Elementary School into crates to be taken across the street to Share food pantry at McLean Baptist Church. Victoria Milko/NPR hide caption

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When Food Banks Say No To Sugary Junk, Schools Offer A Solution

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Junior Herbert, a volunteer with Olio, collects leftovers from vendors at London's Camden Market. London has become a hub for apps and small-scale businesses that let restaurants and food vendors share leftovers with the public for free, and otherwise reduce the amount of edibles they toss. Maanvi Singh for NPR hide caption

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In many developed countries, consumers are the largest source of food waste. While many countries are trying to reduce food waste, the United Kingdom has been most successful in doing so at the consumer end. WRAP hide caption

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Rescued Relish is an anything-goes condiment made from excess produce that Philabundance, a Philadelphia anti-hunger organization, can't move. The relish is modeled on a Pennsylvania Dutch chowchow recipe — a tangy mix of sweet, spicy and sour flavors. Courtesy of Drexel Food Lab hide caption

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The Salvage Supperclub hosts dinners in clean, tastefully decked out dumpsters. The menus highlight ingredients frequently tossed out by home cooks – think wilted basil or bruised plums — that could be put to tastier uses. Courtesy of Andrew Hinderaker hide caption

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Starting this week, Wal-Mart, America's largest grocer, says it will start piloting sales of weather-dented apples at a discount in 300 of its Florida stores. Courtesy of Wal-Mart hide caption

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