Friday Buffet

More than 100 New York City restaurants–including ones owned by Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Danny Meyer–have pledged to cut their waste in half. One thing conspicuously absent in the writeup was any kind of timeline. Still, great news!

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The GRACE Communications Foundation (the folks behind The Meatrix) just launched a new site on food waste, and it’s a great resource for delving into the topic.

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This interview with Univ. of British Columbia professor Jim Vercammen provides a Canadian, or at least North American, view on food waste. That it’s from a radio show called Trash Talkin’ makes it even better.

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Food Tank reports on various campus efforts to fight food waste. Meanwhile, the Univ. of California at Merced is doing its best to curb food waste to meet its laudable goal of zero landfill waste by 2020.

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I enjoy Judge John Hodgman‘s brand of fake internet justice, but this case hits close to home as it centers on food safety and what we can or should do to avoid food waste, all in the show’s usual tongue-in-cheek manner.

Alton Brown is the expert witness and he debunks the myth of expiration dates and rails against overbuying at the supermarket. Here’s the link or listen here:

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