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Reduce Food Waste

I always feel bad when I throw away food. Do other people have this issue? What can we do?
Reduce Food Waste

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You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 30 to 40 percent of food is wasted in the U.S. That is more than 20 pounds of food per person per month. Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year. For the average American family, that can be up to $2,200.

Be sure to buy the amount of perishable food that you can use before it spoils. If you have too much bread, meat, and fruits and vegetables, try freezing the extra. Visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/food and search for the “Food Freezing Guide.” Or use your leftover  scraps of vegetables and meat bones to make soup stock to help you reduce waste while saving money.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise January 2016 newsletter (pdf)

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