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Johnson County joins in Earth Day event

Downtown Overland Park, in partnership with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Compost Collective KC and After the Harvest, will host an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market, 7950 Marty St., Overland Park. This year’s celebration will highlight the growing issue of food waste. Each year, Americans throw away an average of 80 billion pounds of food, which averages out to almost $650 worth of food per household. This event will also highlight the ugly food movement, which aims to reduce food waste by changing the stigma that all produce needs to look perfect in order to be nutritious and worth eating.

Visitors will receive information about the impacts of food waste, and how they can take steps to reduce food waste in their homes. Activities will also include a drawing for a free compost bin, kids’ activities and more. The event will be held at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information can be found at https://downtownop.org/earth-day-2017/.