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Monday, November 07, 2016   /   by Nicole Solari

How to Reduce Food Waste

Every year, the United States chucks nearly 40 percent of its food. Dana Gunders, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the author of The Waste-free Kitchen Handbook, offers money and planet-saving tips.


 


Portion sizes have grown tremendously, and its become normal for restaurants and caterers to produce excessive menus and buffets and for consumers to buy more than they need.





Research NRDC has done found that people are not comfortable with empty white space on plates or in fridges or grocery carts. There’s an urge to fill those spaces with food. And in our culture, throwing food out is acceptable. In fact, leaving something on your plate is considered posh.





What else contributes to food waste?


A lot of produce won’t get picked for market because it’s not pretty enough to be sold. It gets tossed or turned into the soil. 





What’s the environmental impact? 


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