Sunday Reading

This article from today’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette wonders if rising prices is changing our food waste behavior.

And this one from The Economist lends insight into waste in the supermarket industry.

Enjoy the day!

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2 Comments

  1. holly
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I work as a food demonstrator in a high end grocery store. The produce, meat and bakery items that get thrown away is disgusting. There is a huge compactor in the back room (behind the scenes) where meat, produce, bakery items and even flowers are compacted. It is a shame that these items are discounted for quicker sale (Walmart does that) but that is not the business model of this gourmet store. This year the store did implement a program where deli and bakery items are combined in a barrel that has pig food written on it. I don’t now where the pig food goes but it is a small attempt in reusing a viable food source. Last week-end the produce manager three out live rosemary plants because they needed watering. I salvaged one and it is living happily at my house.

  2. holly
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I work as a food demonstrator in a high end grocery store. The produce, meat and bakery items that get thrown away is disgusting. There is a huge compactor in the back room (behind the scenes) where meat, produce, bakery items and even flowers are compacted. It is a shame that these items are not discounted for quicker sale (Walmart does that) but that is not the business model of this gourmet store. This year the store did implement a program where deli and bakery items are combined in a barrel that has pig food written on it. I don’t now where the pig food goes but it is a small attempt in reusing a viable food source. Last week-end the produce manager threw out live rosemary plants because they needed watering. I salvaged one and it is living happily at my house.

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