Friday Buffet

A Whole Foods worker wanted to eat one of the 30 tuna fish sandwiches that he was supposed to throw away. He set it aside and then the boss objected and threw it out. The guy was then fired for proposing to eat something that was going to be thrown out anyway. Nice.

The worker is charged with misconduct and forced to defend his name in court, yet there isn’t even a raised eyebrow about Whole Foods throwing out 30 sandwiches at the end of a shift. And it sounded like that kind of thing happens all of the time.non-WF tuna sandwich. photo by Lara604 via creative commons

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On a related note, Whole Foods‘ Austin HQ tweeted: “We save all leftover food that *meets food safety standards* for pickup by local food bank donation programs.”

The problem is that these stores are so reluctant to donate prepared foods like…tuna sandwiches.

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On a somewhat related note, here’s the Tweet of the Week, from @preparsed:

@WholeFoods what do you do with food waste that doesn’t meet the standards? Is there a company-wide composting/disposal program?

Tweet of the Week #2, from @WholeFoods:

@preparsed Yes, we do have a composting program in most all of our stores.

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Calling all restaurateurs and chefs! The site Sustainable Foodservice Consulting is a great resource for those looking to make their kitchens more environmentally friendly, including info on topics related to food waste. Plus, they have a neat logo.

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For those looking to keep a green eye on the grocery industry, WHRefresh is an interesting blog affiliated with Supermarket News.They just wrote about a Princeton, N.J., grocer unveiling its food composting program.

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Excess veggies on hand? Soup to the rescue! Tigers and Strawberries reminds us that frugality isn’t passe, it’s chic.

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