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Food loss and food waste are worldwide problems 

  • Food loss occurs when food is thrown out or when it decreases in quality during processing before reaching your supermarkets. 
  • Food waste occurs when food makes it to the end of the food supply chain but still doesn’t get eaten.
Currently, one-third of food produced for us is lost or wasted globally. That’s about 1.3 billion tons of food per year, and less than a quarter of it could feed hungry people in the whole world. (Source: Greatist)

In the USA, organic waste is the second highest component of landfills, which are the largest source of methane emissions. Also, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted, equaling more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
(Source: United States Committee for FAO)

In this Nutrily series of four articles, you will learn how to reduce food waste by planning your meals, storing food properly, understanding food labels, preparing food adequately, preserving surplus food, and discarding food correctly. 
Food Waste - A Story of Excess
Food Waste - A Story of Excess
  1. After seeing your dietitian, create your grocery shopping lists. Great tools: EvernoteRemember The MilkAmazon Echo.
  2. Do a quick inventory of what's left in your kitchen.
  3. Include quantities on your shopping list noting how many meals you’ll make with each item. 
  4. Avoid buying in bulk to save money if you are unable to use the food before it spoils.
  5. Plan to shop for food at least once a week.
  6. Eat before you head to the grocery store to avoid buying things you don't need or that are unhealthy.
  7. Buy funny looking produce that most people avoid and end up being discarded.
  8. Check expiration dates before buying your products. If stored properly, most foods stay fresh several days past the “use-by” date. 

Types of Dates

  • A Sell-By” date tells the store how long to display the product for sale. You should buy the product before the date expires.
  • A “Best if Used By (or Before)” date is recommended for best flavor or quality. It is not a purchase or safety date.
  • A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.
Source: USDA
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Livia Ly, MS, RD, LDN
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