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Articles by Dana Gunders

Dana is a food and agriculture-focused project scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), based in San Francisco. She blogs regularly about food waste here.

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  • Don’t toss your cookies: Curbing the crisis of food waste

    Almost half the food in the U.S. goes uneaten, and every part of the supply chain is to blame -- including you and me. But we can do better.

  • A look at the $175 in your compost

    In 2009, U.S. consumers spent a whopping $32 billion on vegetables they bought, never ate, and ended up throwing away. And no, the solution is not to stop buying vegetables.

  • Eat leftovers, save the world

    Photo: Patrick Gage KelleyAs if turkey pot pie and turkey a la king aren’t enticing enough on their own, here’s another reason to eat leftovers this holiday season: About 1 million tons of CO2, 95 billion gallons of water, and $275 million will be thrown away this Thanksgiving in the form of leftover turkey. The USDA […]

  • ‘Use-by’ dates: A myth that needs busting

      Here’s a superbly kept secret: You know all those dates you see on food products that say “sell by,” “use by,” and “best before”? Those dates do not indicate the safety of your food, and generally speaking, they’re not regulated. I couldn’t believe it either, but a quick look at USDA’s food labeling site […]