Apologize to your food

Minute Earth has created a video documenting a love letter (that is actually more of an apology letter) to our food.  The message is simple: love your food, don’t waste it. Check out the video and think about what kind of letter you might write to your own food:

Support for this video was provided by the University of Minnesota’s Food Policy Research Center, who have also created an issue brief entitled “Food Loss and Waste in the US: The Science Behind the Supply Chain“:

http://www.foodpolicy.umn.edu/policy-summaries-and-analyses/food-loss-and-waste-us-science-behind-supply-chain

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“7 Days of Garbage”

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Photographer Gregg Segal took photos of people lying in the waste they created over one week. The objects people threw “away are now surrounding them in ways that are humourous, eerie, and striking. We don’t want our garbage near us, nor do we want it on display. In this series, the artist places the subject in exactly this uncomfortable position, set against diverse natural backgrounds. Check out “7 days of Garbage” here.

www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2014/07/08/gregg_segal_photographs_people_with_a_week_s_worth_of_their_trash_in_his.html

Find a Composter

So you want to dispose of your inedible organic waste in a better way than sending it to the landfill, but you can’t compost at home. What do you do? How can you find out where to compost your waste? Check out Biocycle’s site (www.findacomposter.com) to do just that. It locates composters across North America based on your location. If you know a facility that isn’t listed, you can add it to the site and help your neighbours get on board with composting too.

Biocycle - Find a Composter

Food Waste Hackathon 2014 winners

Congratulations to Team Cozy (Viktoria Cermanova, Nicolas Durish, Michel Wojitas, and Gabriel Pothier-Maudsley) for their winning entry at this weekend’s Student Food Waste Hackathon at the University of Guelph!

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This team developed a proposal and supporting software for a “Smartbin” system  to “collect organic food materials and weigh the amount of food waste, then calculate the amount of money lost individually and the financial loss for the school.”

We are hopeful that this and other innovative contest entries can be further developed to help address food waste at the University of Guelph and on other university campuses.

For more info about the Hackathon: https://www.uoguelph.ca/foodinstitute/event/student-food-waste-hackathon-feeding-nine-billion-challenge

For more photos and updates on this event: https://twitter.com/hashtag/foodhack14

Eating Your Neighbours’ Leftovers

While perusing the Food Network website in search of recipes, an article on the side bar caught my eye: “Would You Eat Leftovers from a Stranger?”  I was surprised to see the topic of leftovers being tackled on this site. The post features the German food-sharing site Foodsharing.de, which was started by the film maker Valentin Thurn of Taste the Waste. The Food Network article ended with a poll showing that about 25% of readers would use a food sharing website.  If you are part of the 25% (I’d like to think there’s more!)  and looking for ways to reduce your food waste, check out LeftoverSwap.com for a food sharing app (Android and web versions are still in the works).

Are you willing to share your food, and/ or eat leftovers from others? It may seem inconvenient at first, but once you’ve made connections with people interested in sharing it becomes easy and normal. When my friend down the street or I end up with too much food from the garden/ dumpster/store we leave it on the other’s porch and send a “heads up” text. Start doing research on what you can do with your leftovers: there are people who want and need food, so why let it go to waste?

Photo from http://leftoverswap.com