Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

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Your Weekly Food Waste Digest

Last week in food waste:

  1. Over the weekend, Feedback hosted a “Feeding the 5000” in Toronto, feeding 5,000 people with food that would otherwise be wasted. Just in time for Thanksgiving in Canada.

  2. It’s finally here! Wasted! The Story of Food Waste came out on Friday, October 13th. If you’ve already watched the film, but can’t get enough, check out this Q&A with Anthony Bourdain.

  3. Want to extend the shelf life of your strawberries?  FreshPaper is a paper towel product infused with organic spices and botanicals that extend the shelf life of produce.

  4. Austin, Texas is a great example of the complex business of tackling food waste at the city level.

  5. And in Australia, Queensland research shows that on one farm, as much as 84% of tomatoes grown were left on the field.

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Your Weekly Food Waste Digest

Last Week in Food Waste:

  1. If you haven’t yet heard of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, this is your chance to get hyped before it comes out this Friday, October 13th! Check out the article for another trailer and top tips from Chefs Mario Batali, Dan Barber and Danny Bowien, featured in the film. The film will be available in theaters, On Demand, Amazon and iTunes.

  2. Looking for an interesting read? You're in for a treat with Ligaya Mishan’s storytelling in her New York Times piece The Novel Taste of Old Food.

  3. The Specialty Food Foundation put together these 12 Ideas for Reducing Food Waste collected from independent grocers, chefs, restaurant owners, and reps from retail and resort chains.

  4. Quaker Foods has partnered up with the James Beard Foundation on a new food waste reduction initiative. This video will inspire you to think creatively about how to use your Quaker Oats.

  5. This short feature from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic takes a deeper look at expiration dates in America.

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YOUR WEEKLY FOOD WASTE DIGEST

LAST WEEK IN FOOD WASTE:

  1. It’s almost here!! The moment we have all been waiting for. On October 13, "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste" will be released and available in select theaters. Here’s another trailer to get you pumped.

  2. Find out how La Soupe, a nonprofit in Cincinnati Ohio, is fighting child hunger. The nonprofit collects leftover produce from local grocery stories and organic farms and turns it into big batches of soup that is then frozen and distributed in the area.

  3. Imperfect Produce is taking over the West Coast (in a good way). The company expanded its services to Portland, Oregon earlier this month. If you are a Portland area resident and looking for a CSA full of ugly produce, you can sign up online here.

  4. Would you try this Smart FridgeCam to cut down on food waste? This new product will allow consumers to look at what they have in their fridges from their smartphones at any moment. It also suggests recipes, reminds you when you are low on essentials, and helps keep track of expiration dates. Now that’s a pretty smart fridge.

  5. Do you prefer your alcohol distilled with Twinkies or Ho-Hos? With Misadventures & Co you might not have to choose. They make their vodka with unused bread and bakery products from a local food bank.

  6. Tesco is bringing mini avocados to the UK, selling avocados similar in size to eggs that are not usually purchased from growers. 

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YOUR WEEKLY FOOD WASTE DIGEST

 LAST WEEK IN FOOD WASTE:

  1. FoodShare, the new program by Starbucks which donates unsold food, has donated one million meals to date. And get this, Starbucks just set a goal to donate 50 million meals A YEAR by 2020. Fun fact: the idea for the program was sparked by in store employees.

  2. Researchers from Concordia University identified cold-tolerant bacteria to fuel the breakdown of food waste. Why is this important? Most of the time anaerobic digestion requires a lot of heat. This bacteria will make it a lot easier for colder regions to turn their food waste into energy and compost.

  3. More science! Find out how Cornell University engineers transform food waste into green energy.

  4. Make sure to have a warm dinner roll on hand....when you watch this promo video of WASTED! The Story of Food Waste you’ll be craving it.