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WATCH: Business works on turning America's mountain of food waste into organic fertilizer

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According to figures from the USDA, more than 21 million tons of food sold in stores every year, never makes it to consumers.

In this video from Oregon Public Media's Earthfix team, one Washington-state based company is works to transform that mountain of food waste into an organic fertilizer.

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