The many faces of food waste in the time of coronavirus

Discards, biofuels, meat, and opportunities for change

Ethanol Plant in Crawford, Iowa. Photo by Kurt Haubrich, CC BY-ND 2.0 license (

Overview and effective waste in the food system

Food waste in a dumpster. Photo by Taz, CC BY 2.0 license (

Direct waste and overnutrition

Corn being harvested in Iowa, much of which will go to make ethanol. Photo by Ron Frazier, CC BY 2.0 license (; cropped.
Ethanol plant near Milton, WI. Photo by chumlee10, CC BY-SA 2.0 license (

Biofuels and ethanol

Cattle feedlot in winter. Photo by K-State Research and Extension, CC BY 2.0 license (; cropped.

Animal Products

Slash and burn agriculture in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Photo by CIAT, CC BY-SA 2.0 license (

Broader environmental context



Academic with a background in medicine, mathematics, and engineering (MD,PhD). Interested in agriculture and how consumption drives global environmental change.

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