Monthly Archives: October 2010

Friday Buffet

Yes! This is just what we need: the big waste players are starting to get behind food waste recycling–be it waste-to-energy or comosting. I guess, for Waste Management,¬† it starts in Orange County… — — There’s been an uptick in DC restaurant composting, as reported in The Post. — — Hong Kong may be challenging […]

October 29, 2010 | Posted in Friday Buffet, International | Comments closed

No Treats from this Trick

Given the name of this blog, I can’t condone the practice of shooting pumpkins at a bus. But I can’t get too worked up about it, either. Especially when it produces the same end result as a jack-o-lantern: an uneaten pumpkin. Enjoy this odd scene… Incidentally, a researcher of a soon-to-be published study told me […]

October 27, 2010 | Posted in Farm | Comments closed

Vending Veggies and Fruits

The Wall Street Journal, fresh off this awesome piece on food waste, continued its hot streak with this article/video on produce vending machines in schools. Unlike the traditional sweets and chips, fresh foods in vending machine provides new challenges to avoid waste. Namely, temperature and bruising. It’d be easier if the new machines focused on […]

October 25, 2010 | Posted in School | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

What happens when a flood knocks out electricity at a supermarket (and there isn’t a backup generator, apparently)? 1. Lots and lots of wasted food 2. An env. photography award. — — A billboard made out of cheese? Food artist? Hmmm… — — Since I don’t fully understand Woot, I’m not even sure if it’s […]

October 22, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, Supermarket | Comments closed

Going Trayless: A Look Back at the Transition

This guest post comes from Alvina Lopez, who is pursuing a journalism degree from Ashford College and blogs on the topics of¬†accredited online colleges. Below, she writes on her cafeteria experience from her undergrad days at Rice University, including the shift to traylessness. — As any college student knows, the cafeteria is a central locus […]

October 19, 2010 | Posted in College, Guest Posts, Trayless | Comments closed

A Video for Monday

Here’s a short documentary on food waste by The Plaid Trash Ninjas, students from Appalachian State University (I’m not making this stuff up). The video provides a nice overview of how food is wasted and what we can do to change it. It’s a nice overview of our national food waste habit and is certainly […]

October 18, 2010 | Posted in College, Composting | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Don’t look now, but Walmart is doing it again. The retail giant announced plans to reduce food waste at its stores by 10 to 15 percent! Hopefully this prompts other supermarkets to keep pace. — — Salon offered up the useful, fun Seven Tasty Ways to Stop Wasting Food. My favorite–“Don’t be a wuss” (eat […]

October 15, 2010 | Posted in Composting, Events, Household, Supermarket | Comments closed

Yam Jam fun

This past Saturday, I volunteered at Yam Jam 2010. It’s the grand daddy of all gleaning events, and this year didn’t disappoint. The hundreds of volunteers collected 21,407 pounds of sweet potatoes. True, we did collect sweet potatoes, not yams. You’ll have to pardon the slight misnomer–all in the name of attracting a good crowd. […]

October 13, 2010 | Posted in Farm, Food Recovery | Comments closed

Book Out!

Today is the official release date for my book! Today, my book becomes a man. While many of you already received your copy, via Amazon and elsewhere, I’m sure more of you haven’t seen it. So here’s a little preview–me talking a bit about American Wasteland:

October 12, 2010 | Posted in General | Comments closed

Book It!

It’s an exciting time here–my book will officially be released on Tuesday. While American Wasteland is actually on the shelf at some stores and Amazon began shipping preorders two weeks ago, tomorrow marks the book’s full release. It will be a joyous day, for sure. As part of the celebration, I’ll have a special treat […]

October 11, 2010 | Posted in Energy, Personal | Comments closed