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Meet the Machine That's Turning Grocery Stores' Food Waste Into Fertilizer

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Larry LeSueur is used to former peers from the software world asking him, "What the heck are you doing?" It's a reasonable question, considering the decidedly different turn he and his former Microsoft colleague Jose Lugo took in 2010 when they founded Redmond, Wash.-based WISErg, anxious to solve the growing problem of in America.

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Putting waste to work: WISErg’s Jose Lugo (left) and Larry LeSueur.

That's right—the duo went from to food scraps, hoping to address the fact that 40 percent of food in the U.S.—about $165 billion worth per year—goes uneaten, with most ending up in landfills, according to a 2012 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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