Apple Sweaters?

The media just loves the freegan story. And why wouldn’t they? The idea that people can subsist on what we throw away really intrigues people. This BBC article has some interesting U.K. data packed into one paragraph:

Each year 6.7 million tonnes of food is thrown out. Half is perfectly edible and in a lifetime its estimated that each of us wastes up to £24,000 worth of food.

These days that amounts to $48,650 (or, roughly one year of college).

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Culled TomatoQuote of the Week:

“There’s only one kind of tomato I don’t like, and that’s a wasted tomato.”          

    — Ray Hanf, Mission Fresh Produce, Kansas City, Mo.

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apple-jacket.jpgIn December, I wrote about the useful Banana Guard on my food blog, Fork & Spoon with Jonathan Bloom. Along similar fruit protection lines, check out designer Jacqueline Dufresne’s “Apple Jacket.”  Not to split hairs, but it seems like more of a sweater. While you can’t argue with its cuteness, I’m skeptical about how much bruising it prevents. Is it telling that The New York Times‘ Fashion, not Dining, section wrote about it?

I’m not sure what to make of the Cup-A-Cake cupcake guard. On the plus side, it has “protrusions positioned in such a way that the cupcake will not move within the container if jiggled or turned upside down.” On the other hand–and I’m sure I’ll hear from the Cupcake Lobby on this–how often are you bringing just one cupcake somewhere?

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