onathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America T rows Away

Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), suggests many ways to curb this habit at Here are some suggestions from him

and others: 1

Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests

Madeline Basler, a certifi ed dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.

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Save, transform and eat leſt overs. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in

Portland, Oregon. Turn leſt overs into frittata, sandwich fi llings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see.

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Nine Tips to Tackle Food Waste at Home 4

and foods to freeze.

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advises Bloom.

Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for

those in need.

Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces

Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, co-founder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.

Go social. PDX Food Swap, in Portland, Oregon; BK Swappers, in Brooklyn, New York; and ATX Swappers, in Austin, Texas, combine food exchange events with a potluck.

Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freez- er; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. T ere is wiggle room in both,

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