From: Iowa State University
Published June 26, 2017 08:36 AM

Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste

There is a good chance there are fresh vegetables in your refrigerator that will end up in the garbage instead of on your dinner plate.

Not that anyone goes to the grocery store with the intention of later throwing the food in the trash, but we all do it more often than we probably realize. Ruth Litchfield, a professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, says we waste about 20 pounds of food each month. And that is per person.

“It’s a huge problem,” Litchfield said. “When you think that 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste, that is just irresponsible.”

There are several reasons why so much of our food ends up in the trash and eventually a landfill, which all relate to our mentality about food. Litchfield says we need to move past the idea that more is better. Whether it’s purchasing more than what we need at the grocery store or consuming large portions at a restaurant, our habits feed our tendency to waste.

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