Katie Workman's article on AP News discusses 5 awesome strategies to reduce food waste at home. She highlights that around 40% of food in the U.S. is wasted, including excess from industry, grocery stores, restaurants, and households - which means real dollars being wasted at scale - not to mention the social impacts of food wastage. Her article presents five strategies to tackle food waste:

1. Plan: Make a meal plan and shopping list to avoid impulse buys. Think about using intentional leftovers in future recipes to prevent them from going to waste.

2. Save: Save vegetable peels, scraps, and herb leftovers to make stock. Store poultry and red meat scraps separately and use them for stock when you have enough.

3. Improvise: Use odds and ends in the fridge to create flexible dishes like frittatas, stir-fried rice, omelets, quesadillas, and soups. Consider joining a CSA or buying "ugly" produce from companies that sell discounted misshapen fruits and vegetables.

4. Organize: Keep your fridge and pantry organized so you can see what you have and avoid forgetting about items until they spoil. Understand expiration dates and know that "sell by" and "best by" dates are not always strict deadlines.

5. Compost: Composting is a great way to prevent food waste from ending up in landfills. Look for home composting containers or find drop-off spots or curbside pickup services in your area. Farmers markets and municipalities often offer composting options.

These are awesome and we will absolutely be using these strategies in our own personal lives! 

(This article was summarized by ChatGPT)

Source: AP News

Written by Ursa Nova

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