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We’re Thinking About Food Waste… a Lot.

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Food waste has seeped into our consciousness and — according to recent studies — it’s taking up a lot of space. • In its second annual forecast of health-related trends, the Values Institute* identified “food waste consciousness” as a top trend in 2013. • In August, 2012, EcoPulse* tagged food waste as the number one cause […]

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Food Waste Practices That Hurt

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Tristram Stuart is a dumpster diver, and he’s proud of it. The environmentalist, author, and speaker is passionate about the cumulative food waste practices of individuals, institutions, and businesses. In a compelling presentation at a TED Conference in May of 2012, delivered with typical knowledge and enthusiasm, he hit on themes common to his activism. […]

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Technology is working on a better “eat this food by” warning.

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You’re familiar with package labels that tell you to “eat this food by” [fill in the date]. These expiration dates printed on packaged goods are useful for letting us know the optimal day by which food should be consumed. There is, however, widespread consensus that these instructions are conservative. Items can often be safely eaten […]

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Our Monthly Bread: Loaves that Last

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The artisanal $9 loaf of pumpernickel-cranberry-sprouted grain-mill ground that you bought with all the best intensions has been sitting on the kitchen counter for the last week. Its edibility is rapidly declining, along with the curiosity that precipitated the purchase in the first place. Consigning it to the trash is more than just a sad […]

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Get More Meals Out of Food You Have

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Here are some easy food waste reduction strategies. 1. Grow your own garlic by saving the four inner cloves of a garlic bulb and planting them in 1/2-inch of dirt. In six months, you’ll have plenty of fresh garlic. Yahoo City 2. Recycle dried bread into breadcrumbs; store for months in airtight jars and add to […]

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Our Food Practices Could Leave A Global Wasteland

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has issued an assessment of food needs in the light of projected global population growth. Addressing the issue of wastage, the report  makes for gloomy reading. The report estimates that fully 30-50% of all food produced never nourishes a human being. That shocking amount of seepage in the growth-to-consumption chain […]

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Yes, Restaurant Food CAN Be Donated — VERY Carefully

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Do you ever feel queasy or squeamish just thinking about how much food restaurants throw away? Most of us do. Of course, many of us are guilty of home food waste, too (in fact, Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96 billion pounds of food waste each year […]

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This Guy Recycles Plastic and Wants More Of It

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Dr. Mike Biddle sees piles of waste as “above-ground mines” containing valuable raw materials. The challenge, of course, is extraction .. which leads us to metals and plastics … particularly plastics. What You Didn’t Know About Plastics Biddle notes that less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals […]

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