Friday Buffet

That urban British men between 25 and 35 are the worst food wasters in the land isn’t that surprising. But that 3 in 4 Britons don’t think food waste is harmful to the environment?!

Oh, and the most wasted food in Britain is the noble banana. Accordingly, the Guardian offers a few suggestions.

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Remember how I love the Japanese concept of Mottainai? Well, apparently there’s a Mottainai Shop in Tokyo, which I will definitely visit the next time I’m Japan. And, of course, they discount sweets about to reach their best-by date.

— —3, 2, 1, Compost!!  Photo by Jurvetson via Creative Commons

It’s hard not to be intrigued by something called a rocket composter. Go ahead, just try not to be interested…

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Bad news: Santa Cruz County is unlikely to continue its commercial composting program because it needs to perform $200,000 of work to get a state permit (they’d been operating for 3 years as a pilot program). Grrr…
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Good news: We often hear of food waste composting on the coasts, so it’s nice to see talk of it in the center. Doesn’t get much more central than St. Louis. I’ll keep my eye on St. Louis Composting.

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Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Converted Organics struck a deal with a few school districts to compost their food waste. Great idea guys, there’s certainly enough of it. And elementary schools in Bellevue, Wash., will also be composting.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted March 5, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Years ago, my brother, who was doing post graduate work in agricultural economcis, worked on a pilot project in New Jersey that linked restaurants with organic waste and pig farmers. That had to have been 20 years ago. I often wonder if that project ever went beyond the pilot stage.
    FYI, Crunchy Chicken has a great post about “sell by” and other expiration dates on packaged foods.
    You’re doing a great job with this blog. How is the book going.
    Dee Dee

  2. Posted March 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    From what I hear, pig farmers used to get all of their feed from our scraps. Seems like a nice system, and they’d certainly have plenty to choose from these days. Unfortunately, the factory farms don’t allow this kind of non-uniform feed…One of many problems with CAFOs.

    It’d be interesting to find out what became of that pilot project. If you can get any leads from your brother and I’d be happy to look into it, Dee Dee.

    The book is at the publisher’s now for more editing (Thanks for asking). I’m starting to think about the reality of it being in print in the fall. Starting to…

  3. Posted March 10, 2010 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    I love how you label the paragraphs ‘good news’ and ‘bad news.’ It allows you to focus on the good! Wish the newspapers did the same.

    Slim Girl Diary

  4. Posted March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    It’s surprising to me that bananas are so highly wasted. Even when they’re fully ripe they can still be used for banana bread/muffins or smoothies, or probably other stuff that people who don’t hate bananas (like I do) know about.