Note: this post was originally published on the Huffington Post's Green section.
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It's World Environment Day
and this year's focus is on reducing food waste and getting people to shrink their "foodprints," particularly, of course, if they're large. Many are. In the U.S., between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply is simply wasted, according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, announcing a national Food Waste Challenge
Some of the bad habits around food we've developed in the U.S. have gone global. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted
throughout the world every year, the amount of food that's produced in all of sub-Saharan Africa's 48 countries. A study by Chinese researchers concluded that the food wasted in a year
by 2,700 families in differently sized Chinese cities could have fed 200 million people, about one-sixth of China's population.
World Environment Day's "Think.Eat.Save." theme probably wasn't on the minds of those shepherding last week's $4.7 billion deal
to sell Smithfield, the world's biggest pork producer, to Shuanghui, a Chinese conglomerate with global investors
that include Goldman Sachs (Morgan Stanley is providing some of the financing). And yet there is an important link.