Agriculture Report – Using Social Media to Reduce Food Waste

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Agriculture Report - Using Social Media to Reduce Food Waste

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World Environment Day in June, the United Nations reported that at one third of all food produced is wasted. The report came a time when many people are concerned about how to feed growing world population. In the United States, farmers who are struggling earn money find the situation difficult to deal with. The United Department of Agriculture found that more than half of the small in California do not make a profit. One California farm family using social media in an effort to change the situation and wasted food. Nick Papadopoulos is general manager of Bloomfield Farms in County. It was difficult for him to watch his employees returning several weekend farmers' markets with top quality, unsold produce. Mr. Papadopoulos he would find boxes of leafy greens, herbs and carrots left a storage area. The vegetables would go bad before the next day. As a result, Mr. Papadopoulos came up with a plan offer the food at a low price by advertising it on farm's Facebook status page on Sunday nightsThe deals were open to using the social media website. One week, several homeowners in a community bought the vegetables. Another week, the buyers were a group friends. Nick Papadopoulos began using social media after he went to on a farm belonging to his wife's father. After his success using Facebook, Mr. Papadopoulos helped to set up a website called .. It is a place where people involved with food production can surplus food for many causes. For VOA Learning English, I'm Alex .

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