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 for you fine folks in my next post on Tuesday or Wednesday. So stay tuned for that.

Finally, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, dear readers. This site has a keen community of readers, and your interest and interaction in the last 4 years has helped make this book a reality.  So thanks.

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Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along the news that NPR’s Talk of Nation discussed food waste on Friday. One of the guests was Michael Webber, lead author of a new study on the energy embedded in food waste. But the conversation veered into many aspects of food waste:

FLATOW: You know, we used to have green grocers instead of supermarkets. And every day, you’d go in and buy what you needed for dinner that night instead of once a week going and filling up the big shopping cart which, you know, goes to the back of our refrigerator.

Dr. WEBBER: Sure. We’re busy. Let’s go once a week. Let’s buy everything for the week. If we buy a little extra and throw it away, so be it. That’s our current approach. And as long as you’ve got a big grocery store far away and gasoline’s cheap to get there, that might be the right approach.

But if you have a closer model with a smaller grocery store in your neighborhood you can walk to and you buy just the food you need for the day, it sounds inconvenient. It sounds like more effort, so a lot of people aren’t excited about it. But it would probably lead to less food waste and might change our eating habits entirely.

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