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Food Wasted: $25 a Month in the Trash Can



Imagine tossing about 25 dollars into the trash can every month.

It happens in Indiana, and across the country, as Americans throw out about 20 pounds of food every 30 days.

It goes bad, or there are too many leftovers.

Jon Foley at the Institute on the Environment says there are strategies to reduce waste, such as paying closer attention to "sell-by" dates.

Menu planning aligned with portions can help, too, along with a change in shopping habits.


Foley says the average family discards between 300 and 500 dollars' worth of food per year, with the biggest losses in meat and seafood.

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