Everyone does it. A half-eaten dish at a restaurant you didn't like much, anyway. A recipe gone wrong or one that made more that you could ever eat in a week. But did you know Americans throw away one quarter of the food we grow? According to a study in the American Chemical Society Journal, that's exactly what we do. Francis Lam of Salon.com puts it best: "Basically, we're tossing more than a quarter of all the food we grow, package, ship, buy, cook, serve and store, including almost a full third of all our dairy, grains and eggs."
What can we do about it? On a small level, we can make an effort to eat what we buy, order, and cook. We can also ask our local food purveyors how they handle their food waste and encourage them to donate extras to a shelter, when possible.
Lam includes seven tips on making the most of your leftovers. I love the idea of using eggs as a way to make a meal out of just about anything and the endless uses for stale bread. Most surprising tip? You can freeze milk!