Learning label lingo is key to cutting ton of food waste

Posted: September 2, 2014 at 2:10 a.m.

In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013, photo, a customer shops for a sandwich in the fresh food section at the Walgreens flagship store in the Empire State Building, in New York .The nationís major drugstore chains are opening more in-store clinics in response to the massive U.S. health care overhaul, which is expected to add about 25 million newly insured people who will need medical care and prescriptions, as well as offering more services as a way to boost revenue in the face of competition from stores like Safeway and Wal-Mart. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

If you're an average American (you're above average, yes, but let's pretend), you throw away about one-quarter of all the food you buy -- much of it still perfectly safe to eat. That's as much as $2,275 worth of food wasted annually by a family of four, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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