Friday Buffet

Britain’s waste-crusaders, WRAP, have a new report out on hospitality sector waste. View the full report (with the rare consecutive prepositions) here.

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At Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix, stadium operators will collect and compost food waste.

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The other NRA–the National Restaurant Association–is taking on food court waste. Both at malls and airports!

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A neat idea from a SUNY researcher: Feeding cafeteria food waste to raise fish, then using fish poop to fertilize lettuce. No word yet on whether the lettuce is then served to students, who’d surely decline, sending it back to the fish.

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  1. Carol
    Posted July 9, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Hi Jonathan…I am halfway through your book Wasted Food. Fascinating and appalling. Up until about 5 years ago, my husband was a dumpster diver so I know how much good stuff is thrown away. It was kind of fun, like a treasure hunt and I never knew what he would bring home. But the most common thing was the bagged salad. 20+ bags each time. Oh and green peppers. We did not need the food, but he grew up very poor and could not resist the bounty. My job was to wash it and find a place to put it. That was the downside.This dumpster was outside a Giant Eagle and was very popular. But people left a mess and the management went to a sealed thing. One of the reasons why my husband stopped was the food became unusable. Salads were slashed, eggs were broken over everything. Bread bags were slashed. The store employees deliberately ruined the food. I don’t miss the work or arguing with my husband whether something is salvagable. The Giant Eagle in another town gives their day old bread to a soup kitchen and my sister-in-law works there. Just the greatest bread, but she says people don’t want the kind you have to slice yourself.

    I did not mean to go on and on, but wanted to tell you I am one of those people shamed by the food I throw away. Good intentions, right? I can come up with amazing things with leftovers, but most times they go in the trash. I am trying to change my ways. Now that I have found your blog (and the other sites you mentioned in your book) I know I will find inspiration. Thank you for all your hard work. Carol Pavlik

  2. Posted July 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing that, Carol. It is frustrating knowing how much perfectly-good food supermarkets throw away. I have a hard time shopping in the produce department next to the guy culling fruit with one bad spot. Best of luck with your habits. Given your sentiments, I’m sure you’re doing a great job.

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