11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Thanksgiving Edition

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Millennials are about twice as likely to believe in aliens as boomers (27 percent vs. 14 percent). (Learn more at AARP) 2. Connecticut twins who never married and lived modestly in their parents’  home revealed a multi-million dollar secret when they died. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Men’s noses are bigger than women’s. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The U.S. Postal Service has begun Sunday deliveries in New York and Los Angeles. (Learn more at Yahoo) 5. Vancouver outlawed doorknobs. (Learn …

Food Labels: Don’t Believe the ‘Use By’ Date

Do you throw out food when it’s past the “use by” or “sell by” date on the label, thinking it’s no longer safe to eat? Then you’re making the same mistake that 91 percent of Americans — myself included — make: namely, prematurely tossing billions of pounds of food (and wasting lots of money) every year because we think those dates indicate food safety. In actuality, the dates stamped on food products are set by manufacturers primarily to help retailers …

Report: One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

Finish your peas and carrots and you can join the “clean plate club.” That’s what my parents told my brother and me when we were growing up. They had lived through the depression and wanted to be sure nothing at our table went to waste. A report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week reminds me of the painful truth behind our lighthearted family tradition. It sends up an alarm about the astounding 1.3 billion tons …