Congratulations, Self

Apologies in advance for the self-indulgence, but Monday was a big day here at Wasted Food. (Welcome, new readers!)

First, the “Alpha Consumer” blog over at US News & World Report ran my guest post. Hopefully, it provides some useful advice for avoiding food waste.

Then, The NY Times “Well” blog wrote a little somethin’ about this here site. It includes a slide show of some photos from my food waste research.

Speaking of photos, now’s as good a time as any to invite you to join the Flickr Food Waste photo group. I’ve defined the set broadly so that, together, we can depict all aspects of food waste–from strategies for avoiding foodphoto by sissyboystud waste to food recovery to food waste.

If you don’t already have one, you’ll need to set up a (free) Flickr account to add photos to the collection. Once you’re signed in, either go to this page or search groups for “food waste.” You should see the “Join this group?” link in the top right corner if you’re signed in.

OK, hope you’ll join. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to gaze at myself in the mirror.

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  1. Posted May 20, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to The New York Times, I was introduced to your blog. It’s astounding how much first-world countries (politically incorrect title, I know) waste in food product alone each year.

    I linked your blog from mine (I’m in student media for my daily campus paper,, and I hope you continue to gain more readership. Thanks for doing this!

  2. Posted May 20, 2008 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Jon. The attention (for you and the subject of wasted food) is long overdue!

  3. Posted May 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Bravo! I think you’re doing a great job and your research has made a difference in this home. Three cheers for!

  4. Posted May 20, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    congrats jon! keep it up! nice talking to u again the other day.

  5. Emily
    Posted May 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Congrats, Jon. The site is looking great and your continued dedication to the cause is inspiring. Keep up the hard work.
    PS: I’m signing up to be on your mailing list – I hope you’ll send some ‘helpful hints’ to keep me inspired with my no-wasting-food habits.

  6. Posted May 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    thanks for this website. when the news of WORLD HUNGER started a few weeks ago and how we have a crisis, i was honestly, BAFFLED. how can there be a food crisis when this country throws away so much food? for an alumni event at cornell university a few years ago, i was part of the wait staff who at the end of every night the event was going on, threw away BAGS and BAGS of clean, uneaten bread. there is something really wrong w this world when there are people actually scavenging land fills to eat and we throw perfectly alright produce.

  7. Posted May 20, 2008 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    i think everyone needs to be aware… you are getting added to my blog… news needs to spread!

  8. Posted May 20, 2008 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome!! I’m very happy for you, and I hope that this helps to keep some food from being wasted.

  9. Posted May 21, 2008 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Congrats, JB! Great to see this blog taking off and the photo idea taking shape. You rock!

  10. Posted May 21, 2008 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the love, all. Hope you’ll keep reading, commenting and, once in a while, posting photos.

  11. Posted May 21, 2008 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    I posted some pics on Flckr…can’t tell if they’re showing up though.

  12. Laurie
    Posted May 22, 2008 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Love your blog.
    My family has recently started an organinc garden, my kids will have their very own plots to plant what they want and take care of it. I am hoping that it will help to give a new respect for food. Knowing others are going hungry is a painful reality and telling my kids to not throw away a half eatin apple seems to not matter a whole lot. I think when you can just “buy” more its easy to do, I hoping when they see what goes into growing and taking care of a garden it will give them a sense of connection to what they east and a new appreciation for their food.

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