USDA and EPA Team Up To Reduce Wasted Food

Ask any adult and they can tell you about their younger years and how they have stood at the fridge and wondered whether a certain food is still good or not. No matter whether it’s smelling the day old milk or looking at the egg carton and deciding whether that date is just a recommendation or a stricter warning. Then there is the pantry of forgotten food items. The things that looked and sounded so good months ago at the grocery store that have been there long enough to collect dust. though says that well apparently not all expired food is actually that bad for you. However, it can be contributing poorly to the environment when it’s thrown away and unused.

The government has estimated that some 21% of available food in America goes uneaten, leading to 36 pounds of uneaten food per month, per person. And that in all actuality food could be good for an additional 12-18 months after its expiration date. So the USDA and the EPA have come together to reduce the amount of expired and uneaten foods in America through the US Food Waste Challenge. They have even created an “app” called “Foodkeeper” that will help the user determine whether that can of beans should really be tossed or not. In this day and age when Peanut Butter and Milk are some of the more expensive things on one’s grocery list anything that will extend the shelf life of a product would help the wallets and millions of Americans.

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