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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Food waste takes on new meaning in the pandemic. Milk dumped in Wisconsin. Crushed eggs in Nigeria. Rotten grapes in India. Pigs buried in Minnesota.

The disturbing images have sparked worldwide outrage. Yet there is a surprising fact: waste may not be higher than usual, as 30 percent of global food production ends up in landfills.

The difference now is that rather than being discarded by consumers as kitchen waste, an unprecedented amount of food is wasted before it even reaches supermarkets.

Blame the chaos on supply chains. Globally, production is processed through so-called just . . .

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