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May 19, 2008

Green Tip: Clean Your (Smaller) Plate

Americans churn out 30 million tons of food waste per year, reports The New York Times in a recent article. That wasted food often ends up in landfills, producing methane--a greenhouse gas--as it decomposes. How can you reduce your food footprint without increasing your waistline?  Dish out smaller portions (a good trick for keeping portion size in check is to use smaller plates) and save your leftovers for a second meal. When you're eating at a restaurant, stick to tapas, or appetizers, and skip the main course. If modest portions aren't available, split an entree with a friend or bring your own carryout container to avoid plastic and styrofoam. For more tips, visit wastedfood.com.

--D.W.

Sources:  New York Times, Wasted Food

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