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New ‘Ag Mag’ Explores Food Waste in the U.S.

Newsroom / April 26, 2019

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A new food waste “Ag Mag” developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is available for purchase in classroom sets of 30.

The Ag Mag, a newspaper-style reader, features information about food waste in the U.S. and how it can be reduced or prevented. It also explores the science of decomposing food and the steps necessary to move food from the farm to consumers’ tables. The Ag Mag is aligned to national learning standards and is written at a third- to fourth-grade reader level.  

“The launch of our Food Waste Ag Mag is especially timely, as 40% of all food grown and produced in the U.S. is never eaten, according to the Agriculture Department,” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the Foundation. “The Food Waste Ag Mag is a great tool for classroom educators and can also be used by families and youth groups interested in learning about this important issue.”

In addition to food waste, the Foundation’s Ag Mag series includes ag innovations, apples, bees, beef, biotechnology, careers, corn, cotton, dairy, energy, pizza, plant breeding, poultry, school gardens, sheep, snacks, soybeans and specialty crops. Spanish language versions of several Ag Mags (apples, bees, beef, pizza, school gardens and specialty crops) are also available. General information about Ag Mags and other educational resources offered by the Foundation is available at; purchase Food Waste Ag Mags online.

Will Rodger
Director, Policy Communications
Office (202) 406-3642
Shiloh Perry
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643

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