Food Waste: Hope rests on your Fingertip.

Here is an opportunity to act in concert as a global community to end the farce of food waste. However, the evil imp called ‘politics’ will raise his sneering face from the depths of the mire and shout, ‘what’s in it for me?’ And there ends the pipedream of universal action. It would be equally pointless to suggest an independent body supervise a programme to end waste. The chief reason being that we cannot escape the ‘WIIFM’ mob; the ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’, as Ted Heath, British PM 1970’s put it. It would prove impossible to secure agreement on an organisation or who should sit on said organisation, or who should be its chair. Such palaver would have us in committee meetings until the last tree was felled for the last report, which would conclude, the matter unresolved.

The only people who can effect change is-you. Mass pressure from voters is the only medicine that can cure the politicians’ malaise. Thus the best that can be done is to bring that pressure to bear through a www/media campaign to ensure that they listen. It can be made perfectly clear that your vote will only be cast for the political party that puts in writing positive measures to combat food waste and that measures proposed must include long-term commitment. It must also show how your tax money will be spent. Only through the threat of losing your vote will they emerge from the committee room; after lunch of course.

Who should be involved in the campaign to abolish food waste? The answer may seem obvious but it needs to be spelt out time and again. There are no negatives in fighting food waste and the positives are many-fold. Take for example, feeding those who need it: war victims, victims of natural disasters and those simply down on their luck. Many people at times in their lives need emergency help; imagine therefore that food waste was eliminated and the near $1 trillion spent on the waste had not, and was not being squandered. How much help could then be offered?

If you are one of those listed below then you should be in the campaign to end food waste.

Environmentalists

Animal welfare

Tax payers

Charities

Aid donors

Feed   all who need it.

Stop   rainforest destruction

Prevent   methane gas emissions

Stop   genetically modified food production

Reduce   chemical fertilizer use.

 

Think of the environment, in more ways than you can count on both your hands. Of the millions of tonnes of methane gas spewed into the atmosphere needlessly. Think of the millions of hectares of rain forest being destroyed needlessly. Of chemical fertilizer like a rain of death on our eco-system and lakes and rivers polluted needlessly. Think of the plant and animal species wrenched from their habitat to create more space to produce more food which we don’t need, and all before we understand what they are and their value, without thought, needlessly.

Has science been treating us like lab-rats? The European Commission has just announced that it is to ban three (3) pesticides from farming to protect the bees which are essential to pollination. Of course environmental groups are applauding the decision while the chemical companies: Syngenta and Bayer are very much opposed to the ban. The chemicals involved are: clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiametoxam; collectively known as neonicotinoids. Scientists are also divided but more side with the ban than oppose it.

“The weight of evidence clearly points to the need to have a phased ban of noenicotinoids.”

Prof: Simon Potts, Reading University.  Cited: www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013

The UK government oppose the ban on the basis that it will cost farmers a lot of money, £1.7bn and reduce crop yield by 20%. I find it very alarming that the government can work out the consequences of the ban so quickly but could not fathom one consequence of introducing the pesticides in the first instance. The only conclusion that can be drawn from that is that we were guinea pigs. Initially the ban will be for two years, I don’t know if that is sufficient time to carry out a worthwhile study but perhaps science will keep us up to date with their findings.

A further piece of damning information came out in this jolly month of April. It was announced that CO2 emissions are likely to hit a new high in May, going above the 400ppm mark for the first time.

“The 400ppm threshold is a sobering milestone, and should serve as a wakeup call for all of us to support clean energy technology and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, before it’s too late for our children and grandchildren.”

Tim Leuker, Scripps CO2 Group. www.guardian.co.uk

The 400ppm relates to 400 parts per million. For those of us who need to visualise the meaning; take 1million grains of rice and add 400 different coloured grains of rice mix it and that’s how it works. See the short, unsophisticated video at:  www.ncwatch.typepad.com/media/

It may not sound much but the scientist take it seriously as a clear sign that the earth is warming and thus reaching a critical heat level. The consequences of global warming are not yet conclusive but we should be concerned.

However, we don’t know which scientists to believe. People in the UK were told that

You listen to me!

You listen to me!

British beef was safe to eat only to discover ‘mad cows’ disease. Some tell us we need to eat genetically modified food so that we can produce enough food to feed the growing population. I think you’ll find that business has spent ‘mega bucks’ on research & development and now want to see a hefty return on their investment. Therefore, we are about to have genetically modified crops whether we want to or not. Unless you can stop it!

Yet, we have discovered that by eliminating food waste and with greater efficiency we don’t need to produce more food just use it better. In doing so we reduce significantly the emissions of methane gas, one of the nastiest, and feed the growing population. Have another look at Achim Steiner’s statement.

The waste land

The waste land

Furthermore, in the past, scientists have encouraged us to accept other deadly pesticides (DDT) and to view plastic as a great innovation that would revolutionise our lives. Well plastic has, we have mountains of the stuff polluting the environment all over the globe!

When you think of the points made above it would be incredulous if every rational person was not against food waste. We are all environmentalists because we all have a stake in the future be it for ourselves or for our offspring. We do not therefore all have to be altruistic and we certainly don’t have the money to be philanthropists but what we can be is thoughtful. A little tad selfish is likewise permissible, not the grasping, WIIFM kind. I want to: walk in the park, swim in the ocean, climb a tree, hike up a mountain, ski down a slope, put newly cut flowers in my vase, watch animals with my binoculars and ensure that my children and grandchildren can enjoy the same.

All these activities bring a feeling of contentment to our otherwise hectic lives. They bring a smile, a feeling of connectedness and a beauty that anyone can appreciate. Cameras click and children stare in wonder and jump back in mock fear at the sight of a snake or crocodile and, laughter reminds us that beauty has no end.

And you? Your fingertip can ensure that beauty has no end. You can make life such that we never have to agree with Marcel Proust, “The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.”

As for me, I would rather take a stroll with William Wordsworth,

My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky:

So was it when my life began;

So is it now I am a man;

So be it when I grow old,

Or let me die!

The child is father of the man;

And I could wish my days to be

Bound each to each by natural piety.

Food Waste: Hope, sitting on your fingertip!

 

 

 

Food Waste: Around the World on a Fingertip.

 

I have talked at length about the absolute scandal that food waste is and sadly continues to be; yet I remain an optimist.

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.”

Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man Epistle 1

Things are on the move in various parts of the world. In Africa, the United Nations (UN) has several initiatives in operation: in Gambia, a new policy of one-village-one-product is helping to eliminate waste at the farm level. Each village in the scheme produces a crop to sell at the local market where other villages bring their main crop. How this develops will be interesting and to determine if it can be sustained in the long-term. Nonetheless it is a positive start and brings a consciousness of avoiding waste to the forefront of local thinking.

A novel approach to cattle farming is being experimented with in Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya. Here the UN has introduced insecticide treated mosquito nets and results are quite promising. The cattle have to be corralled and the netting placed around the pen at ground level and up to 1 metre high. Apparently, the little culprits, the Tsetse fly, swoon in at low level to attack their prey. (Didn’t know that.) The benefit is twofold: firstly, the milk yield has doubled and in places tripled. Secondly, illness among the farmers has been significantly reduced.

As the Tsetse fly, kills millions of animals in sub-Sahara Africa with a disease, the human equivalent of ‘sleeping sickness’ the netting could prove a considered step forward. The saving of the animal and the resultant milk supply could stave off possible hunger. The downside is that the animals must be corralled for the system to be effective and of course, that means they need to be fed.

I have mentioned New Zealand previously where it is claimed that 60% of households do some composting rather than sending their waste to landfill. All sounds really positive but I would like to know whether the composting is inclusive to rural areas or is also a main function of the urban areas too. Composting is something that we should all consider.

The story in Europe Union (EU) is likewise upbeat in that the EU has set member states a target to reduce biodegradable waste or face monetary penalties. An example is Britain which has adopted the ‘landfill directive’ by which it has to reduce biodegradable waste to 35% of what it was in 1995. A stiff challenge but the government reckon they can achieve it. Cross fingers.

In the United Kingdom (UK) the new Conservative government has followed, and given fresh impetus to an initiative of the previous Labour Government, to push ahead with ‘anaerobic digestion’(AD). The government view AD as the strongest contender to advance a zero policy on biodegradable waste. Two other considerations, composting and incineration while helpful do not have the added benefits that could accrue from AD, e.g. biogas and a perfectly good fertilizer. The latter could also reduce the farmers’ dependence on chemical fertilizer. (Bonus) According to their website AD, “…offers the greatest environmental benefit.”  www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste

There are several initiatives in America with individual states, Omaha, and major cities such as San Francisco, making headway with their own plans. However, the one that caught my eye was Austin Texas, where the city council in collaboration with local business and local media has designated 2013 the ‘Year of Food Waste and Prevention’. Now that is serious thinking and very serious initiative taking. It would appear that Austin means business-all power to their efforts. Imagine if other major cities, the size of London, Sydney, Bangkok (Krung Thep), Beijing, followed Austin’s lead the publicity to take action against food waste would be immense.

Check out: www.austineconetwork.com

www.in.gredients.com/

www.wastefood.com/

Wherever there is a positive side there is usually a negative right opposite it, and yes, there are still a few bugbears to sort out. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, point out some interesting facts: one hectare (2.5 acres approx.) of land used to produce rice or potatoes would feed between 19/22 people annually. The same land given over to animal farming would feed two people. Is this a case for vegetarians’? Perhaps, when we add that meat production requires 50% more water than vegetables.

1501_09_4_thumb[1]Furthermore, they suggest that 40% of the world’s food supply is derived from irrigated land. However, they say that such use of the land is unsustainable due to the fact that the water supply is poorly sourced. The use of the flood method and/or the overhead spray is wasteful due to loss through evaporation. The most condemning aspect of their findings stems from the fact that much of the water used in irrigation farming comes from sinking ‘boreholes’ into poorly managed aquifers.

“In some cases government programmes and international aid interventions exacerbate this problem.”

www.imeche.org/knowledge/themes/environment/global-food

 

I find it difficult to comprehend the logic of such developments, especially the use of international aid in such circumstances. It is of course the blight of short-termism. The narrow vision that uses ‘aid’ money for a quick fix leads down a blind alley and can end up costing more to rectify. Solving the immediate problem is not always the expedient thing to do.

Water is a scarce resource and must be treated as such by everyone. Therefore, the proposal by ‘imeche’ should even now be adopted to replace the flood method and the spray method by the drip or trickle method. While the installation of the drip/trickle method will prove more expensive the cost will be offset by the 33% saving on water used in these areas. Sustainability, I have heard the cry so often and yet when it comes right down to it those in a position to lead fail.

Another important point raised by the ‘imeche’ report is the amount of energy used to produce our food. I was surprised to read that between 3-5% of the world’s natural gas supply was being used to produce fertilizer. A further eye-catching piece of information was that over 3% of ‘annual global energy consumption’ is used in food production from the humble tractor, to harvest, storage, distribution and processing. How many trucks drive on our roads carrying foodstuffs to various locations?

We force the cost of living up by the sheer volume of our waste. A new approach to food production through to consumption is needed. For too long we have frittered away our energy, our resources, and people’s lives in an arbitrary fashion simply because it was convenient to do so. Has me, ‘moi’, and ‘mich’ and ‘a mi’, finally taken over our thought processes to the extent that we are blind to the needs of others? Are we blasé about the ozone layer, and thoughtless towards animal welfare? Lemmings come to mind!

Folks need to pay more attention to the philosophy of Bob Marley:

Get up, stand upthCAAXUSTO

Stand up for your rights

Get up, stand up

Never give up the fight.

 

Food waste is too important an issue to ignore; take Bob Marley’s words to heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Waste: Fingertip Power.

 

The problem of food waste is world-wide and therefore requires a global solution. Food waste is an issue that should concern everyone. Yet, nothing gets done, why? The most powerful people in the world have talked about it: the G8, the leaders from the top 8 nations in the world, met in Hokkaido, Japan (2008) the UN has talked about it and written reams of reports, the European Union (EU) has talked about it and had reports written. So all the big guys who are supposed to give us direction have talked but crucially have not involved us. Therein lies the missing link, YOU!

In the USA, food being tossed away costs around $165bn and the situation is getting

Buddy can you spare a dime?

Buddy can you spare a dime?

worse. It is hard to figure but in America 80% of water use goes into food production. These numbers might seem incredible and they are because they don’t need to be, much of it is waste. However, the sting in the tail is the 35 million tonnes that end up in landfill which produces 23% of the methane gas emissions of the country.

However, the USA is not the sole culprit, food waste is found everywhere. In South Africa, it is estimated that 10% of annual food sales is wasted. This amounts to a staggering 1.4 million tonnes the equivalent of $2.7bn or R21.7 billion rand.(science direct) While the UN reports that post-harvest technologies could significantly increase food supply in sub-Sahara Africa which the UN suggest costs $4bn and that the grain loss could feed 48 million people. Is it not just too staggering to take in that we could and actually should be feeding FORTY-EIGHT million but don’t because of waste! www.fao.org /

In India with a population of 1.2 billion and where millions are living below the poverty line and unknown numbers are dying of starvation produces enough food to feed all of their people. Food prices are rising steeply in the country and yet 1/3 of fresh crops are wasted. The main reason is poor organisation, a lack of storage facilities and poor quality distribution. India is brimming with talented people and yet little or no progress on food waste. I find it completely bizarre that a nation that has the technology to potentially send a rocket to Mars cannot solve the problems of storage or distribution. www.bbc.co.uk/

One country that seems to have its act together is New Zealand where figures suggest that 60% of households do some composting. Another 10%, it is estimated have ‘worm farms’, good stuff. You might think the ‘worm’ thing does not sound too nice but it is one clear way of getting to know the eco-system and if you have little guys, teaching them how the world goes round. (Wikipedia)

Here in the UK the Government has taken action by the setting up of a number of ‘quangos’:

  • Waste and Resource Action Programme (2000)www.wrap.org.uk
  • www.lovefoodhatewaste.com    (2007)
  • War on waste in 2009 not much of a war, no one knew about it!
  • Zero waste campaign 2010. Never heard of it.

Thus the government is doing something but it’s like entering a carthorse in a formula 1 motor race.

All politicians seem to have a forte for committee meetings. Committees, committees, committees, it’s enough to make you commit Hara-Kiri! Perhaps they will listen to Lewis Carroll;

‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’

Through the Looking-Glass (1872) ch. 2

Better news comes from the government website, www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste  where it highlights the setting up of a Strategy and Action Plan in June 2011 and the continual development of a process called Anaerobic Digestion (AD). This is a natural process which involves the absence of oxygen but with micro-organisms which degrades the waste into biogas and produces a rich fertilizer. The system of AD has been in use for 100 years breaking down sewage sludge.

According to the website AD has a number of advantages over, wind, tidal and solar power. The biogas can be stored or used for heavy goods vehicles ( HGV’s). The gas is also cheaper to produce and much quicker to put into production. A significant plus for AD is that it could deliver between 3 & 5 Terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity by 2020. Of course I don’t have a clue how much power this amounts to or the number of homes it could potentially light and heat or for how long. What I do know is that it equals 1 trillion watts and that seems a lot. Any help out there?

The downside is that the developers hint at ‘significant barriers’ but don’t elucidate in any way. One negative is the residual water from the process which requires treatment before it is released into the watercourses.(Wikipedia) There are now 78 AD plants in operation but no indication of size or output.

The really big news about AD is that it can be established anywhere in the world. Every country can build their own, get rid of all their waste and celebrate with lots of biogas and extremely useful fertilizer. Oh, why are we waiting, why are we waiting, tell me why, oh, why, why, why, why. Sing along. Why…

‘The time has come,’ the walrus said, ‘To talk of many things,’ (Lewis Carroll)

We need to get to it and get completely, totally, nakedly selfish: feeding the world won’t cost you a penny or a cent. Saving the planet from 1/3 methane gas won’t cost you any money either. Globally, according to the UN food waste costs $680bn for industrial nations and $310bn for developing countries; a grand total of $990 billion. Now that’s what I call waste. Add to that figure the 30% methane gas and you start to grasp just thCARUAXF6how crazy we really are.

Moreover, we contribute £ $ billions annually to charity in order to solve a mess that should not have occurred in the first place. Not all donations to charity are spent on providing food. Many animals and the environment benefit from our charitable giving. On top of all that there are significant personal savings of £680 = $1090 annually. (WRAP) Have another read of Achim Steiner’s statement: the fight to eradicate food waste is a major benefit in every aspect of our lives. We help the animals, we aid the environment and feed all so none go hungry and save billions £ $ in doing so.

It’s a win, win, win, situation. And all by being perfectly selfish: brilliant!

All of this is free to you because YOU have the fingertip power. Only YOU can make it happen.

We have seen from the number of committees that politicians have set up that they find it difficult to make a real decision; the reason is they need you. You need to tell them to get off their xxxxx and spend some money doing the positive thing. Otherwise they will just sit in committees and have lunches. A www campaign could get their bowels moving. Make it so!

I started the sequence on food waste with a snippet of a poem by Dylan Thomas. I’ll finish with a poem written by Thomas, before his 16th birthday. In effect a child wrote this many, many years ago.

CLOWN IN THE MOON

My tears are like the quiet drift

Of petals from some magic rose;

And all my grief flows from the rift

Of unremembered skies and snows.

I think, that if I touch the earth,

It would crumble;

It is so sad and beautiful,

So tremulously like a dream.

Dylan Thomas The Poems, by Daniel Jones

I can recommend: The ploughman’s gone.

There is so much good can be done by ending the scandal of food waste.

Food Waste: The only Campaign in Town!

Over half the food produced today is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of thCAICQCNOinefficiency in the human-managed food chain. There is evidence in the report, (The Environmental Food Crisis: Environment’s role in averting future food crises) that the world could feed the entire projected population growth alone by becoming more efficient while also ensuring the survival of wild animals, birds and fish on this planet.”

Achim Steiner, Director of United Nations Environment Programme. (ENEP) (Wikipedia.)

To me this could be one of the most illuminating statements of the 21st century. Why did I see this in Wikipedia and not on a £5 note or a $1 bill? Obviously the politicians have not read the report or understand the significance of the statement. It’s ironic that we spend billions (£ $) through charities’ on trying to feed the poor around the world at the same time wasting nearly half the food produced. We have the technology to feed all of us; so why do politicians not show some initiative.

This is in essence a story of politics. The global game of geopolitics is what is holding the whole process up. In addition people fighting in their little blind alleys affecting nothing. In a few years most activists will go home, or get a job or find a partner and the energy and enthusiasm is directed elsewhere or they become (ick) politicians. Meanwhile, the politicians, aware of the time-span-activation-meter, just keep peddling the same old same old and bagging the dosh. Who’s the idiot?

Charities beat out on a daily basis the same tune, to donate X amount or some child will die. It’s an in your face constant reminder that poverty will not vanish without a heavy push. However, I have not seen an advertisement about food waste. I walk past various charity shops and never see a poster about food waste. Nor have I ever received a flyer on the subject through my door. Clearly, food waste is not a priority, or more damning they don’t believe it can be solved. Can that be true that there is no resolution to the scandal of food waste?

We spend billions (£ $) annually trying to end the dire situation of children’s welfare. Meanwhile we dump millions of tonnes of food into landfill which then spews out millions of tonnes of methane gas into the atmosphere. In doing so, we have created and continue to do so, a massive double cost which was, and is, entirely unnecessary waste.

Why can’t charities fight a two prong battle, at once feed the poor as necessary but point out the absurdity of the waste that goes on under our noses. We are the real culprits; we toss food away and put some money in the charity can. Is there a psychoanalyst in the house? I would like to see a poster in every charity shop window helping to make us all aware.

Create awareness and you begin to create solutions.

Unfortunately there is no end in sight; we are swamped in food waste. As already indicated, one-third of food produced is lost, that is diabolical but then add the cost of the resources needed to transport and distribute it to our homes and then onto the landfill. We are talking of astronomical sums of dosh (money) e.g. $680 billion for industrialized countries and $310bn for developing nations. What could charities do with that kind of money?

A UN study carried out by the Swedish Institute for Food & Biotechnology (2011) estimated that 1.3bn tonnes of food are tossed every year. This analysis has been backed up more recently by a study by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK) in 2013. This report suggests that between 30%/50% or 1.2bn-2bn tonnes of all food produced remains uneaten. (Wikipedia) Absolutely staggering!

Can you take another blast of facts or do you need more time to chew on the last load?

every tree is oxygen

every tree is oxygen

An estimated 8.3 million hectares of land (rain forest) is needed to maintain the food levels to suit the industrial countries. (www.tristanstuart.co.uk) Agricultural and land use changes contribute 30% of greenhouse gases globally. (UN)Staggering! My pet word at the moment is, you’ve guessed it, staggering.

Hordes upon hordes of activists: stomp, march, rant and chant and generally run around like headless chickens demanding an end to all manner of things. They wear their association like a merit badge, much like gang members. Perhaps it’s time they got off their hobby-horse to focus on one cause, a cause that can benefit the whole of society. It might be time that we all stopped thinking ‘me’ and put a little more emphasis on ‘we’ as a global population.

If only it was about food waste.

If only it was about food waste.

If activists truly want politicians to rise from their slumber and think people rather than self then they must do the same. To fight food waste requires a campaign that is global in nature, concentrated on the single issue and has the energy, enthusiasm and power of you.

There are many pet campaigns out there aided and abetted by the bandwagoners or perhaps better described as sheep; it’s the instant thrill seekers, they are the ‘self’ brigade. Will it change anything? Not one iota. Can their number be a positive, that’s an unequivocal, yes.

If Achim Steiner is only half right then a campaign to end food waste is still a runner, still a very significant step forward. We have the facts, we have the hungry people and you have the power at your fingertips to create, to sculpt a beautiful solution.

 

Beauty has no equal.

Beauty has no equal.

 

Food Waste: How can you Stomach it!

 

‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ (Dylan Thomas) Rage is the correct noun to use about the ridiculous waste of food in every corner of the globe. What makes food waste the greatest scandal is that few seemed concerned about it.

The purpose of the line from the Dylan Thomas poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night.’ was the emphasis it embodies. The poem is about death, a regular occurrence in some countries through lack of food and not just to the individual. We should rage against people dying of starvation when we have the means to feed them. The ‘dying of the light’ (taken out of context) to me epitomizes our loss of humanity: we pour money by the truckload into charities to feed those in need when we don’t really need to. We can and do produce enough to feed everyone but we are so inefficient that we lose or waste nearly half of it. Therefore this is basically a story of irony.

At every level food is wasted. When planting the food there is waste because of poorthCAVHV8S4 preparation, especially in developing countries. During harvest much is left to rot because it does not pass the ‘pretty look’ stage or the farmer cannot get a reasonable sell price. In developing countries it can    be: pests, drought, rains or just poor harvesting techniques.

In the industrial nations the waste is inexcusable, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes etc. dump millions of tonnes annually. Millions more tonnes are left on the ground because it will not pass the ‘pretty’ on the shelf look. Storage can also be a problem with pests such as; mice rats, birds and micro-organisms. But WE, US, together we waste over 20% of what we buy, just toss it in the bin. It could be we bought too much or it is near or past the sell-by-date.

Scenario:

Little Miss Muffet, (and partner. I’m so PC) goes to the supermarket to do her weekly shop. Apples look round and nicely red, the bananas are yellow and nicely curved, and carrots are penis size and straight, all in all a good days shop.

Between 20/40% of fruit and vegetables are discarded because they don’t look good. Tristanstuart.co.uk

Moral of the story – Get-a-life! If the goods are misshapen cut it up, make a soup. Mash it, the blessed kids won’t know. Cut the apple into segments, make apple pie or stewed apple and custard, scrumptious. Show initiative, problem solve.

There is more fruit and veg: tossed away than any other food, 45% of salads are tossed and apples are very high on the toss list. The very things that are supposed to keep us healthy we toss. It’s irony! I’m discombobulated! One third of food produced in the UK is never eaten, (United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP).

A staggering 6,700,000 tonnes was thrown away in the UK. That was in 2007, more recently, Love food- hate waste.com has estimated a figure of 7.2 million tonnes. The truly sad aspect of this is that some 4.4 million tonnes was still good to eat. However, it was on or near the sell-by-date so it got tossed. There’s a whole lot of tossing going on in the UK!

For all the global warmers out there, the tree huggers and environmentalists of whichever hue; that 4.4m tonnes that should have been consumed caused 17m tonnes of CO2 to go floating into the atmosphere from the landfill. A staggering 54% of landfill is    ———– food waste. And that is equivalent to 20% of all cars pumping out their fumes. Get with it – Join the campaign.

The truth will free you.

thCA99EMN4Did you toss that tomato?

Did you ditch that date?

Did you let that lettuce go?

Did you cast those apples adrift?

Let me tell you Kitty, methane gas is Twenty (20) times more potent than carbon dioxide. (Wikipedia) You want to sip that milk or eat the bowl!

This is act one, act two will follow soon with a statement that I believe could be the most important of the 21st century. Be there!