Food for thought

How do we understand the two simultaneous news blurbs?

1 in 7 households in the US are food insecure

and

 “40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten” ??

I’m in the midst of addressing these challenges and opportunities now – ideas & suggestions welcomed!

NPR has some good ideas:

1. Coffee Could Be Fuel Times Two: Researchers are teaming up with Starbucks Hong Kong and a nonprofit called The Climate Group to turn used coffee grounds and wasted bakery items into fertilizer, plastics and biofuels, according to Fast Company.

 

2. Gents, Start Your Bikes: Caleb Philips founded Boulder Food Rescue, a group that collects produce and packaged goods that grocery stores consider no longer “sellable” and bikes them to shelters, housing projects and at-risk community outlets. Since September 2011, BFR has rescued more than 128,000 pounds of nutritious food and transported most of that to feed those in need, according to NPR’s Participation Nation blog.

 

3. There’s An App For That: Students at Arizona State University are developing a mobile phone app called FlashFood designed to connect restaurants with excess food to community groups in need, according to the blog EarthTechling. And Love Food Hate Waste is a free app for iPhone and Android that offers hints, tips and recipe ideas to keep home cooks from trashing those squishy tomatoes too soon.

 

4. Follow That Squash: NPR’s Pam Fessler recently brought us this piece on how Wal-Mart and Feeding America have teamed up to get fresh but slightly imperfect fresh foods to the needy. And it’s got some pretty cool graphics, too, where you can follow an ear of corn and some yellow squash from farm to table.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/22/159825659/theres-too-much-food-waste-but-here-are-five-things-people-are-doing-about-it 

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I like being out in the sunshine, dancing, baking, exploring abandoned houses, dark chocolate, traveling, being green, thrift store shopping, backpacking, gardening, reading memoirs, hammocks and fantastic friends.

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  1. in CT (and Albuquerque now too, I think) there’s a non-profit called Community Plates (http://communityplates.org/) that coordinates volunteers to do food runs between grocery stores/restaurants and food pantries. they have an app to get volunteers to sign up. I’ve done a few runs but its challenging when you’re not around every weekend to do one consistently.

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