Wednesday, November 11, 2015
REDUCING YOUR FOOD WASTE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
Would an extra $30 per month for each person in your household help? That’s about $370 per person per year, or almost $1,500 for a family of four. That’s the amount of money USDA estimates the average American spends on food that’s not eaten—the annual equivalent of approximately 2 months’ worth of groceries. USDA recently launched a new section on ChooseMyPlate.gov to raise awareness about how much edible food is wasted nationwide, along with tips on ways to reduce food waste at home. Sometimes consumers throw away wholesome food because they are confused about how to safely store it or the meaning of those dates stamped on the label. In spring 2015, USDA launched a FoodKeeper App to provide consumers with easy access to clear, scientific information on food storage, proper storage temperatures, food product dating, and expiration dates. The information is also on the agency’s website at Food Date Labels.
Source: USDA, 10/20/15, Food Waste