The Belfast Area Zero Waste Action Team invites the public to view a short film on food waste, “Tossed Out: Food Waste in America” (2014, USA), followed by a discussion of various aspects of food waste and what the community can do to address this issue. The presentation will take place Monday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Farmers and growers have made gigantic advancements in food production over the last century, ensuring more food flows from farm to table than at any time in human history. Yet, some estimates say as much as 40 percent of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten.

Food waste is the single-largest source of waste in municipal landfills. As it decomposes in landfills, the waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, one in six Americans struggles with hunger; and the world wonders how to address the challenge of feeding nine billion people by 2050.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or