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It makes me absolutely crazy when I hear how much good food regularly gets tossed out. A 2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council estimated that America discards up to 40% of its food, or about 20 pounds per person per month; the study notes that it’s basically “Farm to Fork to Landfill.” If you crunch the numbers, a family of four might easily chuck more than $1,500 worth of food per year.
My motto this year is “Don’t throw that out.” Several smart chefs and food professionals are way ahead of me. Let's all learn from their smart choices.
Rauch argues that expired food can be perfectly safe: “I’ve been in the grocery industry since the early ’70s—most products didn’t have a sell-by date back then. In the old days, you’d smell the milk; it smelled good or smelled bad. Virtually all of the known food-related deaths in America have been caused by food that was in code.”
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