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Dumpster Divers: Preventing Food Waste

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Food: Why Do We Waste So Much Food?

Do you cringe at the sight of food being wasted and thrown away? You're not alone.

A group of environmentalists from Highland Park are on a mission to save edibles that would have otherwise gone to waste.

These "dumpster divers" schedule regular dumpster diving tours, usually after normal shopping hours. Around midnight, the team makes it a mission to bring out the sanitary gloves and rummage through piles of unopened food from dumpsters throughout Southern California.

A recent U.S. Agriculture Department study found that of all the food produced for domestic consumption, 25 percent of it is thrown away.

Join host Val Zavala as she explores a growing subculture of dumpster divers in this episode of "SoCal Connected."


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