USDA Looking to Help Cut Back on Food Waste in 2014

December 31, 2013

The United States Department Agriculture is hoping many people will add preventing food waste to their 2014 new year’s resolutions.

According to Danielle Nirenberg, President of Food Tank, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually.

She offers some tips on curbing food waste heading into 2014.

“Not buying too much at the grocery store, be more creative with recipes, understanding that expiration dates are not really an accurate measure to know if food is safe to eat”, she said. “We need to trust our senses instead of those dates, and also, order smaller portions at restaurants are a good way to prevent food waste.”

What to do if you do have some wasted food? Well Nirenberg has a few ways to make use of the potentially wasted food.

“Whether its donating food to homeless shelters or organizations that need it, or using our food scraps as compost, both of those are good ways to handle that situation”, said Nirenberg.

For more information or for additional tips on preventing food waste, you can visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s website at