Friday Buffet

Come on, Cleveland! You’re telling me you toss so much food on the ground at ballgames that you’ve essentially trained sea gulls to come on game days?! First Drew Carey, now this? On the plus side, I’d really like to see a live eagle swoop, so I hope the fireworks don’t disperse the gulls.

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Here’s Makes and Takes on the benefits of tray-freezing. Natch, one is avoided waste.

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Raleigh’s Inter-Faith Food Shuttle launched a farm and community gardens project recently. They’re also accepting donations from gardens in association with Plant a Row for the Hungry. And I hear that the Lawrence, Kansas master gardeners are getting into the donation act

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Portland restaurants are increasingly separating their food waste for pick up, but the Rose City still can’t find a site for a local compost facility. At present, it’s sent to a large transfer station (that I visited and can still smell in my mind’s nose), then shipped north to Seattle.  

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Here’s a story on a New Hampshire family who weighed their food waste for a month and includes some general food storage tips. Not sure what the extension specialist is talking about when she says that apples only last a day or two sitting out on the counter. Uh…not on this planet.

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  1. Posted June 19, 2009 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I think that if you replace the words “on the counter” with the words “inside a rock tumbler” then perhaps there is some truth in the statement.

    Ironically enough, with the habits that most Americans have regarding food storage and use, those precut fruits and veggies have been a great waste reduction method (according to the government study on food waste that you linked in one of your posts last month) because of the convenience factor. All the same, for people who know what to do with a fresh mango, the natural packaging is much better than cutting it up and shoving it in a plastic package.
    Peace and Love,

  2. Posted June 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    As someone in Cleveland, how embarrassing! That on top of the embarrassing Indians season so far. Wasted food and wasted leads!

  3. Posted June 21, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    That’s funny about the apples. My two year old will drop an apple somewhere in the house/car and come back two days later and pick it up and eat it. That’s after it’s already spent several days in the basket on the counter in the kitchen. Not sure if that says more about her or my Momabilities but hey, it’s at times like that I think about the kids I have seen in Mexico and India eating food far worse than that. She’ll be fine.

  4. Posted June 22, 2009 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Dan, nice one–the rock tumbler explains the 1-2 day forecast.

    LadyG., Seriously?! What’s going on in Cleveland these days?

    Jen, sound like you have sound momabilities.

  5. Karen
    Posted July 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s true that apples sometimes last one or two days on the counter, but only when you buy them from a terrible grocery store.

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