Monthly Archives: March 2010

A Different Passover Story

My wife, son and I were invited to a Passover seder at our friends’ house and were tasked with bringing a dessert or two. I flipped through a Passover cookbook and decided on chocolate macaroons. It only had five ingredients, and macaroons are always the best Passover dessert. The recipe called for 3 egg whites, coconut, ground almonds, some sugar and chocolate. Keep that in mind. […]

March 31, 2010 | Posted in History and Culture, Household, Personal | Comments closed

Strawberry Fields–Not Forever

ABC News story that I alluded to on Friday ran on Saturday night. If you haven’t watched it, I’d say it’s worth your time. First, I’m really glad to see network news coverage of food waste, as will raise awareness on the issue. Second, I had such a visceral aversion to seeing that worker chop […]

March 29, 2010 | Posted in Farm | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Sunny sent a tip that ABC News will have a feature on food waste on Friday night. I’ll post a link when/if it’s online. Update: the story ran on Saturday. — — Cheer up, Ivy Leaguers. Cornell’s NCAA tourney run may have ended, but at least Penn is composting its food waste (and reducing greenhouse […]

March 26, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Food Recovery, Friday Buffet, International | Comments closed

Roundtable Recap

Yesterday’s EPA-led food waste roundtable was nothing if not energizing. The whole idea was to get all food waste stakeholders into one room. Given that there were about 125 attendees, including retailers, food service reps, municipal solid waste, composters, consultants, researchers, anaerobic digestion vendors, EPA representatives and at least one blogger, it had to be a […]

March 25, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Environment, Events | Comments closed

Food Waste: On the Table

Today, I’ll be attending a round table on food waste, organized by the EPA. I’m excited at the prospect of having a meaningful discussion on a topic I find so important and fascinating. Also, that a federal agency is paying attention to wasted food.   That said, I’m not entirely sure what to expect. Will there be an actual table at which […]

March 24, 2010 | Posted in Events | Comments closed

Compulsory Composting? (and a video)

A piece in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine makes a pretty convincing case for mandatory composting. I’m all for it, but I would like to hear from the people in SF and Seattle who now fit face that imperative. I’m sure there would be some backlash if this occured in cities slightly less progressive than those two. […]

March 22, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Farm, Food Recovery | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) thinks that reducing our food waste by 25 percent is a reasonable goal. I’d shoot a little higher, but, that’s just me. — — School lunch reform hits New Haven and food hits the bin. Of course, it’s more complex than that. An engrossing read. — — Why can’t composting and crafting […]

March 19, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, International, Restaurant, School | Comments closed

Pot of Black Gold

Q: What’s greener than Irish composting??  A: Irish worm composting. The latter is slightly greener, as worms break down organics quicker than regular composting. Even more heartening, though, is the mandatory separation of food waste for large-scale food producers. The legislation took effect on January 1 and impacts restaurants, supermarkets and anyone producing more than 50 kg […]

March 17, 2010 | Posted in Composting, International, Vermiculture | Comments closed

Doggie Bag Declined

I tweeted about this tale of waste over the weekend, but it’s just too ridiculous not to cover here, too. The Consumerist tells the story of a woman (Jennifer) and her boyfriend out to eat at the somewhat upscale McCormick and Schmick’s chain. It’s happy hour, so their beers and burgers come at a discount. […]

March 15, 2010 | Posted in Restaurant | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

This Treehugger piece uses some neat illustrations to depict the impact of food waste. And the full set of infographics are even cooler. — — Unfortunately, this WWII poster mixes an anti-waste message with lame sexism. — — Are you part of the hard core apple club? A fifth grade group on a trip learns […]

March 12, 2010 | Posted in Energy, Friday Buffet, History and Culture, School, Waste Stream | Comments closed