Tag Archives: waste

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

Wasting No Time Analyzing New Waste Study

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers just released a major study on global food waste. It’s always exciting to see further research on food waste come to light and Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not is no exception. Its major finding is that 30 to 50% of the world’s food never reaches human stomachs. The lower figure isn’t [...]

January 10, 2013 | Posted in International, Stats | Comments closed

European Produce Pondering

On Friday, I was surprised to hear the finding that 50% of Europe’s fruits and vegetables aren’t eaten. Turns out I missed one small word–that close to 50% is wasted. Not a big deal, though, as nearly everyone uses tiny modifiers for impact. With or without modifiers, European produce waste is shocking. Yet even worse is North [...]

October 9, 2012 | Posted in Composting, Household, International, Stats | Comments closed

Wasting Water

With World Water Week having just concluded, there’s been plenty of talk about the scarcity of water. And I was interested to hear the latest on the link between water and food waste. Still, I was stunned by this statement: “More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over [...]

September 4, 2012 | Posted in Environment | Comments closed

Jack-O-Landfill?

I biked past a church pumpkin patch yesterday and was surprised to see a relatively stocked supply, despite the day-after timing. That got me thinking about our pumpkins’ fates. Pumpkins are the most wasted food in homes (by weight), as detailed in a soon-to-be published study that shall remain nameless. Yet, I can’t get too [...]

November 2, 2010 | Posted in Composting, History and Culture | Comments closed

Back to School Waste

As many of you are gearing up for another school year, it’s worth considering that complicated topic–school food waste. School lunch produces its share of waste, from the untouched apples to milk cartons lining the trash. But school breakfast isn’t much different. In fact, it can be worse. But it doesn’t have to be that [...]

September 7, 2010 | Posted in School | Comments closed
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