The USDA and Cornell have teamed up to make an app that gives more information on food safety than "use by" dates.
Food waste is a huge issue in this country, with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimating that about 21% of food goes uneaten "at the consumer level" and about 36 pounds of food per person per month gets wasted, which all adds up to a massive amount of energy, water, and labor being squandered every year. And lest you think that food waste is more of an institutional and food system issue, the USDA notes that "food waste from households represents about 44% of all food waste generated in the U.S."
And one of the reasons for that waste could be ridiculously simple to address, because it turns out that many people may not know how store food properly at home, and don't know how to identify which foods have gone bad and which are still edible.To help address this issue, a new app from the USDA, Cornell University, and the Food Marketing Institute, takes aim at food waste that occurs due to home cooks not being sure about the safety or quality of food.
(a tip of the hat to Brian)