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Wasted Food

I just read interesting info on the wasted food in the US.  $390 was wasted per US consumer in 2008.  Dept of Ag is going to to a 'media campaign to focus precisely what use by date and sell by date mean.' They will also look at the wasted food in school lunches and we know some of those problems. They are looking to keep food out of landfills.

 

I am all for this but probably the biggest problem is gov regulations. I hate wasted food. An example is ordering a large pizza and leaving half of it on the table.

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Read in another article that US wastes 40% of our food. This wasted food is the single largest type of waste going into landfills. Food should at least decompose in contrast to other some things.

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http://thegazette.com/2013/01/20/ui-hospitals-sends-180000-in-food-waste-to-landfill/

Recent article on food waste. 

 

I have heard of people getting the outdated bread and peddling it in the countryside. I have heard of College students dumpster diving at McDonalds!  Crazy world.  We even had a guy that went to the dumpster outside of a red wing shoe store and got out boxes of shoes that had been thrown away.  The tongue or top shaft had been cut to stop resale but he still peddled them in the countryside.  I think my husband got some that way one year.

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Food waste may be somehwat driven by the sell by/usae by date confusion, but I think it is a lot due to fad eating, bulk buying and inability to consume it in time, and the restaurant trade tossing things that have sat in the warmer too long on the premade menu items. 

 

I waste way too much, shifting back and forth between eating plans...Atkins, juicing, etc.,  and that has to stop.  I am dealing with some dietary decisions, after our new doctors saw us this morning.  Mike, as usual, is as healthy as a horse...thank goodness. 

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In Europe (where people are healthier) we saw people stopping by shops (meat, fish, bread, produce, cheese, etc) on their daily commute home.  This was commonplace.  They bought what they needed for a meal or two.

 

This served two purposes....fresh food and limited waste.

 

We try to food shop in a similar way.  Every two or three days we buy fresh.  I keep a good supply of staples on hand.  I freeze meats in meal sized portions and freeze leftovers right after dinner.

 

We waste very little food even though we eat primarily fresh.

 

Wasted food really bothers me. A bit of planning and common sense could reduce it.  Another issue is the availability and over use of food stamps.  When you arent paying for it you arent as careful about stretching that dollar.

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Mike and I had a good conversation about this on the way home from our new primary care checkups tody.

He was handed a diet, because his cholesterol was a few points high. My BP has to come down, or I will. Doubt that is dietary, as much as stress-related, but I have got to get back on the track I was on before the viral crap made me lose thst pattern. The oc asked me to monitor the BP at home and getback to her if it stays up.

New farm employee basically fell through today. We had just spent all yesterday afternoon cleaning and doing stuff like hanging new blinds in the residence windows, cleaning ceiling fans, and fixing what last family left messed up. If we had known this, I would have come home and cleaned my own house and office, which both badly need it.

We concluded that we can pick up fresh veggies and fruits every 2-3 days, and not have to go out of the way to do it. I love cooking vegetables, and we can keep some frozen ones on hand for backup. I am eating next to no meat right now...terrible thing for a livestock farmer to say, but the taste aversion is tht strong right now.



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I think it is interesting how the Europeans choose their food daily or every other day.  I noticed when in New York that it also was a trend.  I'm mixed on it.  I certainly waste a lot more food, especially fresh produce, when weekly shopping but I also noticed when I was doing therapy & stopping 3 x's wk. I also added more to the monthly grocery bill.  If I only could be disciplined.

 

Must have been dr. day as DH had his physical and I ended up there too.  A couple weeks ago I noticed my head was tender in the back (high) and last week tenderness in the mastoid glands.  then Wed. I got an insect bite on my ear which swelled & got hot.  By Friday afternoon I had a lump in my gland so called & got an antibiotic I've taken before.  I had this very same scenario last summer & fought it for months.  Well, the antibiotc made me start wheezing so no more of that.  Today I went in to dr. (with more bites? I think or else lumps in my neck) and got a new antibiotic, a kenellog allergy shot, & nasal spray.  Feeling better but one more episode of this & I'm pushing for an allergy specialist.  Feeling crappy all the time is a bummer when it's nice.  And tomorrow I go back to the surgeon for a release, I hope I don't see that place again!

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The terrible tiny gnats that we have will leave those kinds of bites on some people.

 

In French villages I was amused to see the loafs of French break being carried by what seemed like everyone or even thrown in the back window of VWs. French bread is a very important part of the meal. A platter of cheese is served at the end of the meal. I will never understand how the stay so slim when the meals last through at least five courses and wine. They spend a couple of hours at the table.

 

I agree that frequent trips to the store increases the grocery dollars.

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cold pizza is actually good for breakfast

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We used to eat over with a couple that prides themselves on being " foodies". They serve several courses, and since they travel extensively in Europe, are very "continental" in their cooking and the presentation of the foods served. It is often eight o" clock before you head to their table,and he has to do a sort of show on prep and serving msny times.

I enjoy this to a point, but who would have that kind of time for meals on a routine basis in our culture? I think we see food as fuel, and they see it as so much more.

Just listened to the morning news, where some explanation of " coffee-related disorders" now qualify for a psychiatric diagnosis. We are just a bunch of fun, aren't we? Is it any wonder that health insurance costs are out of control, when someone can now justify treatment to get that Coffee Monkey off his back? That is the real waste here....
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