Weekend food waste roundup – 28 April 2013

28Apr13

What happens when a politician attempts to tackle food waste? Well, if you are a politician in Great Britain, you get rotten tomatoes tossed your way.

In fact, when Environment minister Richard Benyon claimed that Britons were wasting about £50 GBP (or about $77 USD) a week, he kicked up quite the storm.

For a  while I felt like I was reading celebrity gossip and not news about ways to approach the complex issue of solving our food waste issues. And then The Guardian publishes “Should it brie in the bin?” which attempts to look at the numbers and explain how food waste is a problem in a nation facing severe austerity.

Here in the United States, Liz Neumark summarized what she learned at the National Food  Policy Conference in Washington DC. She shares some new numbers on food waste in the  nation:

  • 1 in 4 Americans need government food or nutrition assistance program.
  • 68% of food-insecure families have at least one adult working full-time.
  • About 30-40 percent of what travels from farm on the way to the fork becomes food waste. That is over 65 billion pounds of food a year according to the EPA.

And finally, there were two articles with nice tips and strategies for helping individuals reduce the amount of food they waste. First, “Having a meal plan— and sticking to it — can cut waste and your waist” in the Calgary Herald makes the case for more discipline in shopping and cooking. Second, Care2.com recommends a FIFO (First In, First Out) approach to food in your fridge.

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6 thoughts on “Weekend food waste roundup – 28 April 2013

    • Thank you. I felt oddly bad for poor Mr Benyon. He is trying to focus on the environmental issues related to food waste. He just lacks enough connection with day to day issues to truly understand that the issue is larger than “best before dates” on our milk cartons.

    • You actually made me blush. I am so happy that you find our take on these issues useful. We are struggling to find a better path and sometimes I think we are hacking away at the jungle in vain. Thank you so much for the encouragement.

  1. Bonnie, in response to your comment to Steve above (with whom I completely agree), I’d like to say that you and Jean-Francois are certainly on the right track. You may need a machete, but you are leading the way for others who may not have one handy. Thanks. :)

    “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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