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By Mary Schroeder, Extension Educator -- Health and Nutrition
Did you know that $90 billion of edible food in the United States goes to waste each year? That's the weight of 123 Empire State Buildings!
The amount of food waste is a growing concern. Wasted food items make up the single largest component of items going to landfills, but many foods tossed out are still safe to eat. Fortunately, people are making system changes in producing, processing, storing, and preparing foods to reduce waste. But there are things you can do to cut food waste at home, too. Following are some tips on that from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ChooseMyPlate.gov website.