Meet the Machine That's Turning Grocery Stores' Food Waste Into Fertilizer A pair of seasoned tech workers are helping to solve a $165 billion problem.
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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 food waste in America.
That's right—the duo went from high-tech 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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