“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

Can food waste be unavoidable?

Thoughts for Food

As we continue to explore the details of food waste one term we use regularly is “unavoidable waste.”  We define unavoidable waste as that part of the food that is inedible – trim, peel etc. While I suppose by the purest definition of waste this type of stuff is really unavoidable waste.  I do wonder if we shouldn’t refer to it differently.  I wonder if we might confuse the issue and almost justify food waste by allowing some of it to be unavoidable.  While there are some things we can’t eat and should throw out (or compost or . . . )

The problem is that unavoidable is subjective.  We will all agree that an apple core is not edible  – well not all but I think its at least generally true that part of it should be discarded.  How much is reasonable though?  I’ve seen many different types of…

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Guelph Mercury covers our food waste research

The Guelph Mercury has covered our food waste research in recent news stories:

http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion-story/4372811-food-waste-problem-demands-attention/

http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4371587-city-hungry-to-trim-our-food-waste/

http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4347602-city-of-guelph-wants-to-dig-through-your-garbage-to-reduce-waste/