Monthly Archives: June 2013

Friday Buffet

This NPR piece takes us inside a New York City hi-rise apartment building that’s now composting as part of a pilot program. Making hi-rise composting work will be a key to New York’s composting future, given New York’s urban landscape. — — Here’s the first peep I’ve seen from Britain suggesting a national ban on [...]

June 28, 2013 | Posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, General, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

US Food Manufacturers, Retailers Tackling Food Waste

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance, an industry group of food manufacturers, retailers and restaurants studying waste, recently announced their preliminary findings. Here’s the press release and here’s the entire study, done by BSR. Three thoughts: 1. It’s encouraging! The report is a sign that the US food industry is finally paying attention to food waste. The report [...]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Restaurant, Stats, Supermarket | Comments closed

Curved Cuke

By this point, you know that I love nothing more than unique produce. Whether it’s ugly fruit, knotty carrots or letter-shaped veggies. This curved cuke–bought at the farmers’ market–fits that category quite well. And it also doubles as a nice toy gun (if you’re into that kind of thing). Best of all, this cucumber tasted [...]

June 24, 2013 | Posted in Alphabet Produce, Farm, Farmers' Market | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

File under ‘rising tide of food waste coverage:’ National Geographic ran this neat piece on how cities manage to compost their abundant food waste. — — Three Hawaiian universities have signed on to fight food waste. Hawaiian food waste takes on a heightened importance, as that food has probably been imported and it’ll likely be exported, [...]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, History and Culture, School | Comments closed

Some Light Leftover Reading

I’ve been doing some reading on leftovers lately, and yesterday I read this beauty: It’s part leftover advice book, part advertorial for Hood’s Sarsaparilla, a cure for all that ailed folks in 1891. It’s quite a combination, and the two topics are interspersed throughout the 17-page booklet. So after some helpful advice on using stale [...]

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Household, Leftovers | Comments closed

New York City Composts!

The Bloomberg Administration announced plans on Sunday for an ambitious composting program for household and commercial food waste that would cover all of New York City by 2016. The move continues Mayor Bloomberg’s recent emphasis on food waste and will help reach the PlaNYC goal of diverting 75 percent of waste from landfills by 2030. The plans are [...]

June 17, 2013 | Posted in Composting, Legislation, Restaurant | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

I’d be more excited about freezers that can detect expiration dates if those dates meant anything! With perishables, date labels speak to quality not safety. And they are basically meaningless for frozen food. — — Want some fraud with that food waste? Then talk to these two Edmonds, Wash., food service workers. — — World [...]

June 14, 2013 | Posted in Friday Buffet, International, School | Comments closed

Clean Your Plate, Because…You’re in China

Many of us grew up hearing the admonition, ‘Clean your plate, because there are children starving in China.’ Well, it turns out Chinese kids heard (and some experienced) similar things. That’s one of the many fascinating anecdotes reported in The World‘s fascinating piece on food waste in China. As part of the What’s For Lunch? series, The World focused [...]

June 12, 2013 | Posted in Household, Hunger, International | Comments closed

Southern Hemisphere Roundup

As is the case globally in the wake of World Environment Day, there’s plenty afoot on food waste ‘down under.’ A sampling: OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue group, just announced it will hold a Feeding the 5K event in late July. The group recovered 1,600 tonnes of food in 2012. Almost as impressive: The group recently [...]

June 10, 2013 | Posted in International | Comments closed

World Environment Day Recap

Yesterday was World Environment Day, and it was raining food waste activism. If only every day could be World Environment Day! (Not quite as catchy as ‘Earth Day every day,’ but you get the idea…). I had a hard time keeping track of all that happened yesterday in Food Waste World, so I’m guessing you [...]

June 6, 2013 | Posted in Environment, General, Hunger, International | Comments closed
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