Weekend food waste roundup – 12 January 2013

paint roundupYou may have noticed that I don’t post a weekend roundup every week. When I don’t post, it’s usually because I haven’t found enough articles or videos that have something new to say about food-waste-related issues. Most of this week’s articles are ones that I wouldn’t usually post, but what I found interesting this week was the sheer number of articles that have been published on the topic. In my recent post on citrus rinds, I linked to a few articles that suggested that concern over food waste was becoming mainstream. This week’s glut of articles seems to suggest they were right.

Andrew Gunther: Big Ag Profits From Food Waste | Huff Post Food

How to cut food waste | Oliver Thring | guardian.co.uk

Living in the United States of Food Waste | Businessweek

How fresh thinking can save on food waste | Mirror Online

Food Waste: Half Of All Food Ends Up Thrown Away | Huffington Post

Time to stand up to food waste (and walk more) | Michael White | guardian.co.uk

Staggering Global Food Waste Creates Green Tech Opportunities | Forbes

INCPEN and LINPAC respond to food waste report | Food Production Daily

Nick Curtis: Put men in charge of shopping and cooking and you’ll see waste just waste away | London Evening Standard

Food Prices Drop, But Food Waste Increases, Reports Say | International Business Times


15 thoughts on “Weekend food waste roundup – 12 January 2013

  1. I too am overwhelmed by the amount of information pouring into the information world on food waste! It’s making our jobs so much easier.

    And guess whose HOA delivered nice, new recycle bins for curbside pickup? Yup. I like to think that after six years of hauling my own trash and griping about it, the squeaky wheel finally got the grease.

      • Oooh, like the dark green and the way the menus work. I was wrong – it’s better than last week’s minimalist look – and it fits the tone and theme of the blog well. You’ll be happy to note that it loads quickly (even on Safari), so whatever the issue was on the other blog, you managed to avoid it.

      • Aw, thanks for the input! Usability was key, as I had issues with the menus on the iPad, but not on the PC. I also played with a background image — decided to stay with Angie’s peek-a-boo header instead. Loads better, makes me smile. And I do so love green.

        It’s gonna be a rockin’ year for blogging. I’m on the fence about enabling search engines *gulp* which would open doors to the world. Cheers. Eat some sambal or laksa for me if you’re over in Asia.

      • I say go for it, be searchable – it can only lead to more conversation, which is not a bad thing. I’m heading to Singapore on Monday, so there’s definitely some sambal in my immediate future, though I might stay away from the laksa until I’ve lost a bit of the holiday weight.

  2. Hopefully the stream of information will continue and change will occur. My husband works in a 5-star restaurant. If the chefs make a mistake (say, cook a steak, ordered “rare” to medium) they throw the ENTIRE PLATE OF FOOD away. No one is allowed to eat it or take it home. It’s not saved or donated. $50 of prime beef goes in the trash, along with all the sides, and a new plate is made. It makes me ill to even think of it!

    • Wow, that is heart breaking – especially given the fact that someone nearby would probably be very happy to eat an overcooked steak. Some food rescue organizations, like City Harvest in NYC (http://www.cityharvest.org/), collect food from restaurants and redistribute it to those who need it. You might want to see if there are any services like that in your area, and put a bug in your husband’s ear.

      • He has been working with management to try something better. This week he finally got them to spring for recycling bins. Maybe next week they’ll start saving the “mistake” food. :)

  3. I think the issue of food waste is reaching a critical mass for public awareness. It does seem that almost everyday there is some new and scary statistic to chew on. I just hope that this critical mass blossoms into private, public and global action, and is not just a flavour-of-the-month, New Year-type focus. Yippee for Lori’s new recycling bins! Boo about Elizabeth’s hubby’s workplace – for shame! Great curating as usual Jean-Francois

    • Thanks, Kellie. I’m sure the current focus will inspire a few people to change their ways, and possibly a few local initiatives, but it will be interesting to see how much the level of attention peters after the usual few articles touting the latest shocking statistics run their course. Hopefully it won’t go all the way to zero, and this will become an aspect more and more people consider when they think, talk and write about food in any context.

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