Thursday Buffet

Japan wastes one-fourth of their food, according to Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry. As reported in China Daily, Japan tosses 19 million tonnes of food waste annually (about one-third of which is edible at the time of tossing).

That percentage is a bit less than the U.S. (estimates range from one-fourth to one-half and the U.K. (about one-third).

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New York’s City Harvest does a nice job recovering the highbrow offerings on display at The Fancy Food Show. This year, it seems there was a bit of a free-for-all with chefs and restaurateurs grabbing some goods. It may not have gone to those in need, but hey, at least it will be put to use.

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We talked recently about cosmetically-caused waste. Here’s another example: the UN ‘s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 30 to 40 percent of all banana harvests are photo by MechKit (via Creative Commons)deemed “unacceptable” because of spots or blemishes.

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Here’s a list of 10 ways to reduce food waste. Some items look a tad familiar, but the important thing is that the message is spreading…

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I was nodding my head as I read this Virginia Tech editorial supporting traylessness at all-you-can cafeterias. But then I read the first comment and agreed that dissent (rather than “criticism”) and discussion are essential to driving forward any issue. On that note, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts via comments…

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