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USA Today reports that according to a new study, “the U.S. food system is about as energy inefficient as it gets. And it's only getting worse.”

The story goes on: “A fall 2010 report by the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, ERS, called ‘Fuel for Food: Energy Use in the U.S. Food System,’ found that while energy consumption per capita fell by 1 percent between 2002 and 2007, food-related energy use grew nearly 8 percent, as the food industry relied on more energy-intensive technologies to produce more food for more people ... And estimates for 2007 suggest the U.S. food system accounted for nearly 16 percent of the nation's total energy budget, up from 14.4 percent in 2002, according to the report, which measured both the direct energy used to power machines and appliances (like trucks and microwave ovens) as well as the ‘embodied’ energy used to manufacture, store and distribute food products.”

ª In Phoenix, Fox News reports that Bashas’ has reversed course from the staffing cuts that it made during its bankruptcy, and now is holding a series of job fairs to staff back up in response to improving sales. The company emerged from bankruptcy protection last September.

ª The Los Angeles Times reports that Coinstar-owned Redbox is expanding into the video game business.

According to the story, “The kiosk DVD rental company said that after testing video game rentals for nearly two years, it will on June 17 begin offering titles such as Call of Duty and Super Mario Galaxy in more than 21,000 of its 31,800 locations around the country. Games will cost $2 per night, compared with $1 for DVDs and $1.50 for Blu-ray discs.”
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