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Donating Wholesome Unsold Food

Donating Wholesome Unsold Food | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The USDA will discuss liability concerns and clear up misconceptions that may keep companies from donating food.

The Organic Stream's insight:

"Feeding America estimates that there is still more than 22 billion pounds of food at the retail level that could potentially be donated."


There is still great potential here to recover edible food, and while there are misconceptions to tackle and regulations to navigate, many organisations and companies are donating and sharing their perfectly edible but unsellable food.


Take a listen to episode 9 of The Organic Stream for more on food recovery.

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Food sustainability growing across ASU

Food sustainability growing across ASU | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Composting, campus harvesting and consumption reduction are key in making ASU’s dining halls and food services more sustainable. see more
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"However, it is possible to nudge students in the right direction. For example, the lack of trays in the dining hall is not without reason. “We noticed that, with trays, people tend to take a little more food than they might actually eat, so this takes out some of that waste,” says Hicks."


Lovely article about the composting program set up in Arizona State University. Let's learn from each other.

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Plan to stop food waste becomes a dead letter: Barroso and the food lobby

Plan to stop food waste becomes a dead letter: Barroso and the food lobby | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Jose Manuel Barroso and his Secretary-General of the EU Commission Catherine Day have blocked an internal communication proposing an action plan to reduce food waste. According to Green Belgian MEP Bart Staes, burying the internal communication entitled "Building a Sustainable European Food System” was ‘a cynical war on common sense’ from the side of the Commission.

Via ZWE
The Organic Stream's insight:

"...a spokesman for the Commission, said: "This is a classic Bart Staes Commission-bashing. President Barroso has taken this decision because it was felt that in the little time left --that is six weeks before the end of its mandate--, this Commission could not take such a major initiative and has decided to leave it for the next college.”


"This is not true”, Bart Staes told New Europe. “The paper was ready and presented for the first time in the Commission already end of April. It could have been adopted in spring, but they buried it already then.”

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ZWE's curator insight, September 17, 2014 10:03 AM

Europeans want to reduce food waste => Contrary to what he claims, Barroso's move promoted euroscepticism instead of stopping it.

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French MPs propose forcing supermarkets to hand over all unsold food to charity - Telegraph

French MPs propose forcing supermarkets to hand over all unsold food to charity - Telegraph | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Group of French MPs want to make it compulsory for all big supermarkets to donate all unsold but still edible food to charities
The Organic Stream's insight:

Additionaly: "Officials of the European Commission recently tabled proposals to allow national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates, in a move which they believe will mean 15 million tons less food a year is discarded by households wrongly worried that it is no longer fit for consumption."

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Samoan hotel food waste recycled for organic compost | Pacific Beat

Food waste from hotels in Samoa is being recycled to produce compost for organic farms.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"The pilot program completes the circle of food from the farms to hotel tables and then returning waste as compost to the farms."

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How to solve the biggest water-energy-food problems

How to solve the biggest water-energy-food problems | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Links between water, energy and food security create the need to address sustainability across sectors.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting and comprehensive article looking at the complexities behind the water-energy-food nexus, and how to find solutions to the challenges we face.

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Zero waste supermarket to open in Belgium

Zero waste supermarket to open in Belgium | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A store without plastic packaging is planned to open in Antwerp on June 29th, according to DeMorgen.be. Although there are only a few similar stores so far in Europe, the number of zero waste supermarkets is expected to rise in the coming years. The shop that eschews plastic packaging, named Robust, will open shortly in the Belgian provincial […]
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great step in the right direction! And particularly good is the fact that they will cater for those who forgot to bring their own containers, as this happens very often.

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The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You

The Secret to a Carbon-Friendly Diet May Surprise You | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Author Nicolette Hahn Niman discusses soil's important role in sequestering carbon and the unexpected ways that eaters can help mitigate climate change.
The Organic Stream's insight:

It doesn't surprise us at Compostory.


If you're interested in the topic of soil health and its integral role in our survival, why not listen to Robin Murray in our two-part podcast show on this very topic!


Listen to episode one here.

And episode two here!

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This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine

This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is Rubbish’s Edible Education project to use theatrical performances to help prevent food waste.
The Organic Stream's insight:

An example of food waste outreach and education that thinks outside the box.

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Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste.

Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council stop accepting food waste in organics bins due to costs.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Bad news from the UK. Only 20% of people used their compost bins, therefore the council decided it was not a cost effective option. 20% participation rate is quite low - perhaps there were possibilities to increase the numbers?


Most worryingly, the council is advising people to wrap their food waste in newspaper or additional bin bags in order to combat odour and maggots. 

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Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable")

Understanding the Global Problem of Food Waste ("reduction in waste very viable") | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This infographic breaks down what we throw away into food groups. (Great food waste infographic by @willyblackmore. Reduction may be key but Hungry Giant can help reuse food waste.

But what exactly does that proliferation of food waste look like? Are we talking about tens of thousands of expired yogurt containers or hundreds of tons of sad, slightly limp heads of lettuce?

Working with global food waste data from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, Popular Science has made an infographic that rather beautifully shows where the waste streams across the food and supply chains emanate from. The biggest losers, so to speak, are fruits and vegetables (44 percent lost) and roots and tubers (47 percent lost). Despite all the sour milk we’ve thrown away in our lives, dairy has the lowest amount of loss (16 percent).

As the waste lines frustratingly show, much of the vegetable waste happens on the farm, where harvests can go awry for any number of reasons—including walk-bys, the industry term for a field that’s never picked because the labor costs would be higher than the value of the harvest.

But an equally thick line exists at the consumption end of the spectrum, highlighting the need for a change in attitudes at home (and in retail) to help curb what is globally a 1.4 billion ton problem.


Via Bert Guevara
The Organic Stream's insight:

Great infographic to give us a real sense of what we are wasting. Not surprisingly, fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list.


We need to change our attitudes to food and food waste, not only in the home but in the food and farming industries as well. The truth is that we cannot afford to waste food, and support needs to be available to farmers so they can make the most of their produce.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, September 7, 2014 11:28 AM

The highest rate of food wastage is in fruits and vegetables, followed by roots and tubers, and then fish. What can we do about it?

While hunger and poverty remains, wasting food is like stealing from the tables of the poor. (Pope Francis)

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Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health

Call for Food Revolution Based on Soil Health | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Australia needs a nationwide effort to raise soil fertility, guarantee food security and a healthy diet – and lock up carbon.


The call comes from the Australian Soil Consortium (ASC), a group of leading farmers, agribusiness companies and scientists who are concerned for the future of one of the nation’s most valuable assets."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Good stats here: “Improving our soil productivity could increase farm yields by 10-15%, adding around $5 billion a year to the nation’s bottom line,” says South Australian wheat farmer and ASC chair, David Shannon."


Check out our interview with Australian Advocate for Soil Health Major General Jeffery and composter Rhonda Daly for more on the topic of food and soil health in Australia.

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Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste

Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
WISErg's
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting system designed for grocery stores and the food industry in the US which recycles organic materials and can track what kinds of food, and just how much of that food, is being wasted.


Tracking the food and quantities could also help in better management and planning that cuts down on these unnecessary wastes at the retail level.

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Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal

Food companies unhappy with FDA feed proposal | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Expired marshmallows, broken crackers, stale donuts, even orange peels are among the billions of pounds of would-be waste that help feed livestock every year.By regularly diverting its waste in this way, the food industry prevents millions of tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere, but an obscure proposal under a 2011 food...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Is this another instance of uncoordinated and badly thought-out regulation that may hinder the ability of those on the ground to act sustainably?

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