In the UK, the quasi-governmental agency WRAP launched the Hospitality and Food Services Agreement, which allows restaurants to pledge a 5% food and packaging waste reduction by 2015. Domino’s, McDonald’s, Unilever and 2o-odd others have signed on in Britain. Exciting news, but I fear that the companies will focus on packaging (which would be useful, but not as beneficial as tackling food waste).
This week, both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times ran A-section articles on Portland composting. OK, fine–if you want to split hairs–they were primarily about the every-other-week trash collection designed to encourage composting. But still…Portland Composts!
This CNN piece features the One Third project that I so enjoy, but also has a good collection of data. For example: This study finding that 40% of the food thrown away in Europe is still in its original packaging!
Yesterday, I took part in a fabulous panel discussion–organized by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition and Nourishing the Planet–on how to feed and nourish a planet of 7 billion. The event was a launch party for the fascinating new book, Eating Planet. It’s a recommended read, especially for only 4 bucks.