Saturday, 1 October 2011

on hating waste...

I'm getting a compost bin this weekend! Very exciting.

Since learning about the impact that landfill has on our climate, I've been feeling infinitely guilty every time I throw potato peelings into the bin. So from next week I'll be taking the cradle to cradle approach and turning it all into goodness to put back onto the allotment!

The tories' announcement this week that they are to spend £250m increasing the frequency of rubbish collections reminds us just how much we throw away. 8.3 million tonnes of food are chucked each year, mostly perfectly edible, and the impact this waste has on the planet is not restricted to the amount of methane gas from landfill but also incorporates the huge amounts of CO2 released during the production, transportation and storing of the food.

When you've got twits like Eric Pickles spouting rubbish like "it's a basic right for every English man and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait a fortnight for it to be collected", it's hard to know what hope is left for this country. But luckily, campaigns like Love Food Hate Waste and Harvest Brighton and Hove are encouraging individuals and local government to take more action on reducing, reusing and recycling the stuff we buy (in that order).
Sat in Thorne's this afternoon, enjoying their Seasonal Allotment platter, Ali and I reflected on the proverb proudly displayed on their wall.

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.

Throwing food away is massively disrespectful to the farmer who grew the food, not to mention the millions of starving people in the world and those affected by the change in climate which is exacerbated by our hugely inefficient global food supply chain.

Not everyone can compost, but if you can, be proud that you are doing something so important. And if you can't, there's a number of ways you can reduce the amount of food you throw away, mostly just by being conscious of what you're doing.

The best and tastiest way is to make sure you always ask for a doggy bag if you can't eat your dinner in a restaurant but check out Love Food Hate Waste for more ideas.

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