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A friend who works at a local Whole Foods tells me that they are very frustrated with giving produce to charity groups. The problem is that the groups simply won't show up to pick up the food, which must be disposed of within a certain amount of time, or the company will be held liable if anyone is made ill by the food.
My son works for an executive dining room. Untouched food is thrown out. The employees are not allowed to take it either. If a meeting is canceled all the food is thrown away. It's sickening.
I think the fault should be shared by people who don't finish their portions.
Right: who's going to eat the food if the portions are so large, but why order those large portions if you're not going to eat them.
It's a bad social habit. I remember having to admonish guests that it took work and effort and money for me to set the table-- SO I warned them to not even DARE to throw away any of my food. If you don't it-- DON'T PUT IT ON YOUR PLATE!
My guests were aghast. But they saw I meant it. They cleaned their plates off--particularly the women-- who tend to throw away more food then men. I tell them, if your concerned about losing weight-- then just have salad.
The A&P in Montclair NJ packages slightly past date fruit and vegetables and sells them at half price.
How about the waste of packaging to take your leftovers home? How many people take a reusable container with them when they go to a restaurant? Think of all those aluminum containers that go into the garbage after being taken home from a restaurant.
Composting happens in NYC too.
Actually, I got started a few years ago when I realized how much food I was throwing out...Now at least I keep it out of the waste stream and give it back to the earth locally -- no out-of-state trucking charges...
Another great resource is the Master Composter class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Freegans, people who search for tossed food, are abundant in NYC. Whole Foods and other expensive markets toss out so much and it is collected and made to use. Questionable but good idea.
One thing I never rely on is expiration dates. I realize that many items go bad after a certain time but I keep my refrigerator just above freezing and have never had any spoilage after an expiration date.
I certainly appreciate you not talking over that music, Brian. Thank you very much for that.
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