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The Four Pounds of Cheese Project

The Four Pounds of Cheese Project was started by Online Pastry Chef Jenni Field of the blog The Balanced Pastry Chef as a way to raise awareness about food waste in the United States and around the world.


The project name comes from an article in the July, 2011 issue National Geographic Magazine entitled How to Feed A Growing Planet. In the article, there is graphical representation of an average of how much of several categories of food Americans purchase (and waste) each year. The average American purchases 28 pounds of cheese per year, and ends up throwing away four pounds, or about 14% of what they purchase.


During the week of August 1-7, 2011, participants will take photographs of all the food waste they create every day and then post it to their blog. The Balanced Pastry Chef will host a round up post on August 8, 2011 (or thereabouts). The goal is to make participants and, more importantly, our readers aware of the issue of food waste and to encourage us all to reduce our waste as much as possible.


If you are participating in or want to help promote The Four Pounds of Cheese Project, grab this button and embed it in your sidebar or anywhere else you'd like to on your blog or website.


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Here's the round-up of FourPounds posts, so far:


Inedible but compostable waste from @WriterCrafter:


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Taken on July 20, 2011