Monthly Archives: November 2013

GOBBLE Your Way to a Waste-free Turkey Day

Sad news, folks: every Thanksgiving, Americans squander 400 Statues of Liberty worth of turkey, by weight. That’s a lot of forsaken fowl—more than 200 million pounds—and a sign of how wasteful we’ve become. It’s time we stop this Turkey Day tomfoolery. First, throwing away 35 percent of our turkey is oh-so-ungrateful. It undermines the spirit [...]

November 28, 2013 | Posted in Events, History and Culture, Household, Leftovers | Comments closed

Be Thankful, Not Wasteful

I wrote this as a cross-post for the Think.Eat.Save site, created by the United Nations Environmental Programme. Hope you have a wonderful, waste-free Thanksgiving! — Think. Eat. Save. Those words are not just a rallying cry, they also offer a succinct strategy for minimizing Thanksgiving food waste. Yet, why even worry about squandered food on a [...]

November 25, 2013 | Posted in General | Comments closed

TD for AD: Cleveland’s Gri(n)diron Stadium

The Cleveland Browns will unveil a food-waste-to-energy scheme at this Sunday’s game. The storied, snake-bitten NFL team has installed pulpers to grind food waste on site before hauling it to a nearby anaerobic digester. This exciting news is part of the USDA Dairy Power program pairing dairy biodigesters with commercial food scraps. According to USDA calculations, if all [...]

November 19, 2013 | Posted in Anaerobic Digestion, Composting, Energy, Events | Comments closed

Britain Banning Food Waste from Landfills?

It’s hard to argue against keeping food waste out of landfills (where it yields the climate-changing methane emissions). Figuring out how to make that a national reality is just plain hard. With Vision 2020: The Future of Food Waste Recycling, PDM Group and ReFood have done just that for the UK. As this helpful summary article mentions, the report provides [...]

November 11, 2013 | Posted in International, Legislation, Waste Ban | Comments closed

Monday Smorgasbord

With Vancouver set to ban food waste from landfills in 2015, local group FarmFolk CityFolk sponsored a 10-week Foodprint Challenge. The pilot program run in conjunction with local retailer Choices Markets sheds light on household food waste. — — Britain’s National Pig Association started a ‘pig push‘ to overturn the EU swill-feeding ban. Naturally, this initiative [...]

November 4, 2013 | Posted in Composting, Energy, Household, Leftovers, Repurposing | Comments closed

Cooking Off The Halloween Hangover

Pumpkins are edible. I know, I know…crazy. It’s hard to think of those orange globes on your doorstep as anything other than decoration, but they’re so much more than decorative gourds, folks. Pumpkins are a kind of squash, and as such, they can be used in an array of delicious dishes. And what better way to [...]

November 1, 2013 | Posted in Household | Comments closed
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