Giving thanks for what's on our plates; giving thought to what's in our trash

Wasting less gobble this Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving, 88 percent of Americans will celebrate with a holiday feast among family and friends. On a day known for abundant portions, it's important to remember that what goes in the trash is almost as important as what's on our plate. 

Each year Americans waste approximately 40 percent of their food and an average family throws away $2,500 worth of food. John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, takes a look at what impact that waste has on Thanksgiving day and how we can waste less this holiday and every other day of the year. Want to test your knowledge on food waste? Click here to take a quiz and see how much you know.

National Geographic's Urban Expeditions series  has also turned its spotlight to waste reduction and the city of Austin's Zero Waste by 2040 initiative. The city has committed to reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills by more than 90 percent by 2040. The initiative, which could have major economic and environmental benefits, means the city will divert nearly all of its waste from landfilles or incinerators.  Urban Expeditions is an   initiative made possible by a grant from  United Technologies Corporation  to the National   Geographic Society.

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