Podcast Episode 103: Talking Trash (Food Waste) – Dr. Joan Salge Blake

Nov 28, 2018

Joan Salge Blake Sound Bites Podcast

Why do Americans fall into the trap of throwing away perfectly good food? On today’s episode, Dr. Joan Salge Blake shares stories of how her book came about and how her interest in talking trash originated.

“Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten and ends up in our landfills. Contrary to popular belief, the consumer is the biggest culprit – NOT farmers, manufacturers or retailers. Reducing food waste is essential, and there are many simple steps we can take to not only reduce food waste, but also help feed those who are hungry. Cook it, store it, share it – just don’t waste it.” – Dr. Joan Salge Blake

Dr. Joan Salge Blake – Teaching and Preaching Nutrition


Today’s Dietitian with Dr. Joan Salge Blake

Dr. Joan is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University and has authored a textbook for her 200-student intro to nutrition class.

She’s also the certified go-to person for when the media have questions about the science of what they hear on social media and elsewhere. Her career keeps her young since she has to be on top of what’s going on in the science and consumer worlds that oftentimes do not match up.

She wrote Nutrition & You from observing over the years that students want to know how they can take nutrition science as a tool to make positive changes in their lifestyles.

“It’s very exciting to be able to have this type of an audience and for me to really shape their nutrition thoughts and more importantly, teach them critical thinking skills.” – Dr. Joan Salge Blake

The Statistic That Started It All

A number sparked Dr. Joan’s interest in the food waste topic. She found the visual that it represented jarring. An average American buys five bags of weekly groceries and throws two in the dumpster before they get home.

Several factors contribute to this statistic. Some people simply forget to use their fridge for not only ice cubes or get confused by dates on the packaging. People have gotten out of touch of how to better manage their food and fall in love with leftovers.

Joan Salge Blake Sound Bites Podcast

Guest Bio:

Dr. Joan Salge Blake is Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University, author of Nutrition & You. She writes for US News & World Report and the Boston Globe.


Joan’s Website, Twitter, Instagram

#wastenotwednesday Food Waste Toolkit from General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Bell Institute on social media:

Save the Food Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

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