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Did you know that 40 percent of the food produced in America isn’t eaten, and an estimated half of that waste comes from households? Take a quick mental inventory of the food you purchased on your last shopping trip. Did it all end up on your plate or in your belly? Chances are, probably not. Food waste is not intentional, but nevertheless a very common occurrence in households.
In the United States, it adds up to about 20 pounds per person, per month — that’s $1500 worth of food each year a family of four tosses. But food waste isn’t only a waste of money, it’s also a waste of natural resources, which puts unnecessary strain on the environment.
To put the kibosh on food waste, first figure out why it ends up in the trash. Here are the main reasons:
With those reasons in mind, try these tips to get smart and cut down: