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Turning Food Waste into Products That Protect People and the Planet

The moment you toss your leftovers into the garbage may be the last time you think about them, but it’s far from the last time they will affect you. The items you throw away usually end up in a landfill, where they may slowly degrade into climate-warming greenhouse gas.

Now, a team of ARS scientists have proposed a new industrial process that will divert organic waste from the landfill by turning it into nanocellulose, a brown, fibrous material that can be used in multiple products from cardboard boxes to food packaging.

Want to know more? "Bringing Your Food Full Circle."