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The mystery of the moldy container in the fridge

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What do you see when you open your refrigerator? How many containers of your favorite foods have been sitting in there for the past week or so? Those leftovers you keep meaning to eat - until you must eventually throw them away.

Estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest that over one-third (30-40 percent) of food goes uneaten through loss or waste. This adds up to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010.

In this episode of Family Financial Feuds, our guest Jenna Smith, a registered dietitian nutritionist with University of Illinois Extension, provided valuable insight on the importance of managing nutrition and cost and the magnitude of food waste and loss in the United States.

My challenge to you during this holiday season is to decide how you will manage meals and leftovers to help reduce food waste. For the full podcast episode, please find us on Sound Cloud.