The United States has pledged to reduce food waste by 50 percent by the year 2030, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The FDA offers these suggestions to help accomplish the national goal:
- Prepare a shopping list before going to the market to avoid overbuying.
- If available, select fruits or vegetables that often get left behind at the grocery, but are safe to eat.
- When eating out, ask for smaller portions to prevent plate waste and keep you from overeating.
- Keep foods in the fridge at 40 degrees F or below to keep them safe.
- Refrigerate cut or peeled vegetables to keep them fresh.
- Use your freezer to prevent foods from going bad.
- Be aware of expiration dates on your food. Know that some food can be consumed safely past the date on the package. But avoid foods that are discolored, smelly or moldy.
- If you prepare too much food for a party, send your guests home with leftovers.