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The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food?

The Big Waste: Why Do We Throw Away So Much Food?

A glaring paradox of the U.S. food system is that while no country produces food as efficiently, no country wastes as much. Every year, 30 to 40 percent of what is grown and raised in the United States is thrown away or rots between farms and kitchens. That’s a startling 133 billion pounds of food — more than enough to feed the 800 million people worldwide who face hunger every day. In this Yale Environment 360 video, we present the first of a two-part e360 series, “Wasted,” on the vexing global problem of food waste. Filmmaker Karim Chrobog visits two cities — Washington, D.C., and Seoul, South Korea — to examine why so much food goes to waste and what can be done about it. Washington, and the U.S. as a whole, has taken only minor steps to reduce this enormous waste and its related human and environmental costs. By contrast, Seoul has adopted innovative programs to minimize the amount of food that ends up going to landfills to...

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Which composter is for me?

Which composter is for me?

  Interested in composting but confused about which one to use? Well you are not the first so here we will give you a couple of pointers to help you get started. Before you choose your composter, it is important to remember that composting requires effort to do properly so the best method is always the one that is most convenient for you. There are many different systems to choose from – from the home made pallet bin to expensive electronic composters – so depending on the space you have available, the types of materials you want to compost and the amount of effort you want to put in, there is a composting system for you. To help you with this decision we have developed a Composting Traffic Light Chart that considers the different composters under the following headings: Space available Cost Capacity Time required to maintain Takes Food waste We have lots more information on the different Composting Systems that are commonly used in Ireland. Hope this information...

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Is that really my food waste?

Is that really my food waste?

Nobody likes wasting money and most of us get very bothered when we throw out food. The thing is, why is it that we are all still wasting so much?? Usually when we throw out food it goes in the bin and is quickly forgotten about. Usually we don’t really think about the reasons – and if we do we forget pretty quickly and do it all over again the next time. So in order to really know what food you waste you need to separate it out from all the other stuff you throw in the bin. This sounds kinda messy but actually it is very straight forward. If you have a brown bin you are probably doing it already. The following shows you in 3 easy steps how you can do this.   Step 1. Separate your food waste Collect all your food waste in a separate container for at least a week. Any container will do but make sure that it fits in the space you...

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Killorglin and Stop Food Waste

Killorglin and Stop Food Waste

This summer Stop Food Waste asked the people of Killorglin to lead the way nationally by demonstrating how, through making some small changes in the way we manage food in our homes and businesses, we can reduce the amount of food we waste and save money at the same time. Over a 2 month period between July and September Stop Food Waste, Kerry County Council and LCK Regional Waste Management office worked with 6 households and 6 businesses to show the rest of the country that if Killorglin can do it then maybe the whole country can. Trilogy Media and Phillip Boucher Hayes were there as part of an RTE television programme, Waste Watchers, that was made about the experience. In addition to working directly with the 6 householders and 6 businesses the project team had an information centre in the Old Presbyterian Church, known locally as the Chapel on the Hill. This was open to the public 3 days a week and gave anyone interested, including local businesses,...

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Don’t be a Christmas turkey – save food and money!

Don’t be a Christmas turkey – save food and money!

I love Christmas but it is a time of the year when there can be lots of wasted food. More food is thrown out during the festive season than at any other time of the year. Buying too much can have a big impact on your pocket and if this food becomes waste well then, who’s the turkey? However, with a little forward planning and watching out for some of the key food s that are wasted, a lot of this food waste can be avoided. Stopping food waste starts at the point at which you buy your groceries, continues in to your home to where and how you store and cook what you have bought and on to what you do with your leftovers. At each of these stages food waste can be avoided. So, this year Stop Food Waste are encouraging people to plan ahead to prevent food waste. Here are some top tips to assist in better buying and food preparation this Christmas. 1. The best...

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The Stop Food Waste Challenge

The Stop Food Waste Challenge

Each year Irish households throw out, on average, almost 250 kg of food waste. For most of us it is hard to imagine what this looks like but means that every person in the country is throwing out about 80kg of food waste each year – this is the same weight as a grown man! While there will always be some food waste, it is estimated that at least 50% of this could be prevented saving your home as much as €700 each year. The Stop Food Waste Challenge asks Irish households to target reducing their food waste by ¼ each month, or roughly 5 kg. If every household in Ireland did this for a year it would reduce the total amount of food wasted by nearly 90,000 tonnes and save Irish households €200 million each year. So, go on – give yourself a challenge for 2014: trim your food waste and save your money!...

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