Three Things Twitter Can Tell Us About Food Waste

As loyal readers are no doubt aware, Jonathan is taking a brief hiatus from blogging as he and his wife have welcomed a baby boy into their previously waste-free lives. I told Jonathan that the least a new uncle could do was throw up a guest post or two. Here goes:

Let’s begin by agreeing for the moment that Twitter conversation is a blunt but decent stand-in for national sentiment on the issues of the day. With that premise as a backdrop, I took an informal look at how the Twitterati prioritize food waste by comparing the volume of tweets that used various keywords. I can summarize my research in three points:

Lesson 1: A sizeable chunk of the Tweeters who discuss food waste are not Americans. A few casual Twitter search queries show that a lot of the conversation around reducing food waste from outside of America – with a pretty noticeable concentration in Great Britain.

Lesson 2: Comparing the volume of tweets on food waste to some other hot-button environmental issues, it would appear that we have our work cut out for us. This should be a call to action for readers (and my bro when he starts sleeping again):

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Lesson 3: Holy cow:

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Stats courtesy TweetVolume.

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  1. Posted February 13, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    RT @Sethbloom–off to get a “super-size” meal…Kidding!

    Really interesting stuff, and yes, I guess we do have our work cut out for us.

    FYI, you’ve just become Wasted Food’s Data Editor.

  2. Posted February 13, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Those charts are simply amazing. Ok, ok, I promise to try to use the other food in my pantry before going to buy more applesauce. Related: Can’t wait to hear about wasted food perspective from new parent view. “You are NOT leaving this high chair until ALL of your strained spinach is gone!”

    Love the guest post. Nice work. And congrats uncle!

  3. Posted February 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Seth, could I guilt you into doing some guest blogging on Better Living Through Introspection? I suck at updates.

    Congrats all around!

  4. Posted February 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Fascinating what social media can reveal!

    Jonathan, I know you’re a little busy now, but have you every blogged about/researched milk banks, where moms can donate breastmilk? My first knowledge of such places came from a friend (a nurse) who told me about a child (4 years old, I think), who was ill and the only food he could tolerate was breastmilk, so his family spent thousands….

    I just read about Milk Share, and as a mother who had trouble breastfeeding, I find it fascinating.

    Those of us who had trouble know an ounce of breastmilk is more precious than gold.

    If you know of any similar resources, I’d be very interested…

    Hope all is well with your growing family!

  5. Posted February 15, 2009 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    It’s good to see Seth use his talents for good rather than evil.Nice job

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