Road Trip!

In Jonathan Bloom news:¬†I’m excited to be heading west for my D.I.Y. book tour next week, visiting San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Or as I like to call it, The Compost Coast. For a full list of events, glance over at the sidebar, or visit my book site. Hope to see you somewhere!

In other news:

Don’t look now, but NYC is expanding its composting options to a few more farmer’s markets¬†greenmarkets. It just so happens that the piece references SF and Seattle’s curbside food waste collection. And then this article details a fledgling composter near Portland.

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In this piece on Walmart and India, we learn that 30 percent of food in India is wasted, primarily due to poor cold storage.

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The wasteful practice of ‘discard‘ called by its real name: stupid.

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Finally, there was a 2.2% increase in food prices last month. That’s the largest jump since the UN started tracking the statistic 20 years ago. Wow.

If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that we may just be forced to treat our food a little more carefully. Hope so.

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  1. Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I recently found out in the state of Oklahoma that the food ordered for the states prisons inmates are also throwing out at least 10-12 32 gallons of good, tasteful and high of protein every day.
    This is an absolute waste of money on the states. The inmates do not have to work, unless they choose. The meals are not cheap and the thousands of dollars go directly into the trash. People here can not even afford to purchase food or medications. Can you get this forwarded to a someone who might investigate?


  2. Posted March 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    can i add 2 groups to the list of food recovery groups you have?

    Food Chain (Linn County, Iowa):
    Table to Table (Iowa City, Iowa):

    Thanks! your blog is great! :)

  3. Ann Swain
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I saw you on HLN today. I’ve been wanting to do something about wasted food for years. I’ve been an organic gardner & a wildlife rehabilatatior for over 40 years. Until 2 years ago my local grocery store had been giving me outdated or damaged food for my wildlife. The store went corporate 2009 & the food ended. I wrote to corporate to no avail. The waste Is terrible. One broken egg & a whole case is dumped. Food dating is a joke. My carrots last most of the winter in the fruit celler. Most of our apples were picked last fall. Why aren’t they dated? The store is afraid of lawsuit. I told them my raccoons won’t sue. We’re use to too much of everything. To the stores, if you don’t sell it don’t buy it. Stores can issue rain checks on sold out items. I think someone like Oprah could help change this. Ann Swain

  4. Beth D.
    Posted March 8, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Just wanted to say that I saw you mentioned in the March issue of Real Simple magazine. I just finished reading your book, so I thought it was pretty neat to see you as a food waste expert in a popular magazine. Keep up the good work!

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