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Originally posted by loam
While I have no doubt a significant amount of waste occurs, I am skeptical of the methodology employed in this study:
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
as an environmental science student, can I ask is it ok to put all your waste food into a composter. This is what ive been doing recently, with left over food, no meats, just bread, eggs, fruit and tea bags. I have a special bin for these scraps, but thought chucking it in with my compost would be more environmentally friendly?
Unlike conventional composting, with a bokashi indoor composter you can safely turn ALL your organic kitchen waste, including meat, fish, dairy and cooked foods, into fantastic, nutrient-rich compost.
From entire crops of barely blemished potatoes, to shelves of supermarket sandwiches on their sell-by dates, it is a roll call of waste created by one nation that could lift 150 million people from starvation in one year. The ability of Britons to throw away food deemed imperfect, out-of-date or surplus to requirements was put into sharp relief with the revelation that 30 to 40% of all produce is simply binned. Research based on government statistics has found that, every year, food worth £20bn is discarded on its journey from the farmyard to the fridge. The study puts a figure for the first time on the profligacy of a supply chain where producers are forced to leave fruit rotting on trees because it does not meet supermarket standards and millions are throwing away food for the sake of a "best before" sticker.
The £20bn food mountain: Britons throw away half of the food produced each year
20m tons of food is chucked out from homes and supermarkets, enough to meet half of Africa's food import needs. By Susie Mesure
India recently halted the export of non-basmati rice to ensure its poor can eat. Meanwhile, every month, residents in the city of Toronto, Canada, toss out 17.5 million kilograms of food. Images of green bins overflowing with food waste stand in stark contrast to media images of riots and food shortages around the world.
By the way the Salvation Army and food bank where I live is always crying for donations and the stores would rather throw out still good food than donate it. I really don't understand all this.
Originally posted by Divinorumus
Well gee, what's the alternative here? Eat everything on your plate and get fat and become a burden upon the up-and-coming socialist government health care system? I suppose they are going to blame this waste upon us fit and trim folks next? Damned if you do, damned if you don't!
Originally posted by DChenO
buy less, cook less?
Originally posted by The Alfer
While I can't put an exact percentage on it, I myself have witnessed what some restaurants and food markets throw out, perfectly good food in their dumpsters. Yet I've also once witnessed a security guard send a homeless person away from trying to take what some people would consider garbage. I walked up to the guard and told him that was a mean thing to do and it wasn't like it came from his pocket and it was considered trash. I was basically told to go mind my own business. Makes you wonder. By the way the Salvation Army and food bank where I live is always crying for donations and the stores would rather throw out still good food than donate it. I really don't understand all this.