Friday Buffet

Life in Lidia’s Italy doesn’t include waste. The public television chef has some helpful advice on avoiding food waste.

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Talking about composting–that’s the spirit, Whole Foods. Now how about making food donation a priority to reduce the need for composting? 

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photo by niznoz (via Creative Commons)Belated, happy first birthday wishes to North Berkeley Harvest! In 2008, the California group picked more than 7,000 pounds of backyard fruit that would otherwise have gone for naught and donated it to the needy (including the underrated feijoa).

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Across the Bay, two food-obsessed SF Chronicle writers wrote an interesting wish list for 2009. One wish was for: 

More attention by food producers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and food service organizations to environmental concerns, reducing waste and lowering carbon footprints.  

That must be the long forgotten seventh verse of Auld Lang Syne (check out those latter lyrics!).

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Nice to see that the recession-induced glut of milk isn’t leading to waste–yet–because it’s in powder format. Your government is buying the excess and storing it in a California warehouse. I wonder how long it lasts what the expiration dates are like on milk powder and whether they’ll ever use what’s in the warehouse.

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3 Comments

  1. bernie
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    thanks for an interesting roundup of things that got done and things that still need doing. I’m happiest about the use of backyard fruit. It has always driven me nuts to see the waste of that beautiful stuff. Happy 2009.

  2. Dee Dee
    Posted January 4, 2009 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year Jonathon. And thank you for all your wonderful posts. I’m looking forward to the book.

  3. Posted January 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Jon,
    Thanks for linking that NYTimes article, I was wondering why we got so much milk into the warehouse last week. We have both walk-in refrigerators full of milk. It’s mostly half-pints–fifty per milk-crate–stacked up to the ceiling. I don’t understand what we’re supposed to do with all of it, but we’re pushing it onto the soup kitchens as hard as we can. I suggested to my boss that we just load up the truck, and park it somewhere and start handing out milk. It’s better than it going to the pigs (which is, I think, a much more appealing use of food waste than compost [chickens will also eat most anything]), which is what we do with our food waste here at the warehouse. Then, during certain times of the year, we get some nice pork.
    Peace and Love,
    Dan

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