Question: How Much Food Is Wasted Everyday In Our Country?

May 31, 2016
Video Resource, Question of the Day, Research, Budgeting, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Parent Conversations

Answer: Astoundingly, over 40%. Check out this video (4:40 in duration) with “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio from PBS Newshour:

Questions to ask your students:

  • How much is food waste an issue in your family?
  • How does “Sell by date” lead to unnecessary food waste? What steps are being taken to fix this situation?
  • What are some of the tips mentioned that you can use to reduce the amount of food that you/your family waste?

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Check out the NGPF Lesson on Planning A Food Budget

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.