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, the Jane Armstrong Professor in 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.”
Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste.