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New York is implementing a program that requires larger businesses to donate edible food and recycle food scraps to combat food waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, about a third of food is wasted, and in the United States, it’s even higher at 40%. The U.S. spends $218 billion each year on wasted food, with 63 tons going to waste, including 52.4 tons in landfills. Several states have joined New York in implementing initiatives to reduce, compost, or donate food waste, but advocates are calling for a national effort to coordinate these policies and address the problem more effectively.