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Solar Energy International's Laurie Guevara-Stone, International Program Director, Talks Food Waste

Posted by: april
January 28, 2011

Solar Energy International's Laurie Guevara-Stone, International Program Director, recently interviewed with Good Dirt Radio for a story on food waste. Good Dirt Radio is a nonprofit media outlet in Colorado featuring a solar-powered radio studio, whose mission is to educate the public about the connection between individual actions and a healthy future for our planet and encourage citizens to embrace positive solutions.

The story focuses on today's "spin-saturated, disposable, consumer America where almost all material goods made in the past 100 plus years have ended up in landfills, including a majority of food waste."

"The food we waste in this country is incredible. In the U.S. we waste almost 100 billion pounds of food each year. So that's, basically, over a quarter of all the food that is produced each year in the U.S. And this creates huge environmental impacts for a few different reasons," Laurie said. "One, methane comes out of food waste that rots in landfills and methane is over 20 times more powerful a greenhouse gas then carbon dioxide is. And then, of course, the energy and materials used to transport all that food to the landfills and then all the energy that has gone into producing and cooking all that food that doesn't get eaten."

Listen to a podcast of the Good Dirt Radio interview here » MP3 (1.8MB) or read the transcript

Laurie has done extensive work with SEI's U.S. Women's Program as well as internationally, most specifically Latin America with numerous development organizations. In her international work with Solar Energy International, Laurie has conducted projects in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico and Ecuador implementing photovoltaics (PV) solar systems, solar cooking and water distillation. She has been researching and promoting renewable energy activities in Cuba since 1996, and is one of the nation's experts on renewable energy policy and practice in Cuba. She has a Master's Degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Colorado.

 Food Waste Story Links/ Info/ Sources
Listen to the story promo (MP3 0.1MB)
E-mail Laurie Guevara-Stone


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