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Reduce Food Spoilage & Waste by Changing What You Buy

A new Study from the USDA (Released in February 2014)  found  that: 
“In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels from 2010 went uneaten. The estimated value of this food loss was $161.6 billion (using retail prices).”
Now while these numbers are taking into consideration losses from a variety of avenues during the entire process, from farm to fork, (including farming, post- harvest, packing, processing, distribution, retail & food service), for the purpose of this post, we will focus mainly on the household waste for the average U.S. household of four, which translates into an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 in annual losses, or about 25% of the household food purchased.
Why do we waste so much food?
The most common reason for wasted food is general food spoilage. Food spoils in homes for many reasons, but usually due to being improperly stored or being forgotten. A refrigerator with poor…