Did you know that the Philadelphia Eagles are completely green-powered? Or that the Dallas Cowboys run the field when it comes to composting? Now the EPA has collected all these sustainable sports stories, raising raising the bar (admittedly it was low) on green practices for stadiums and sports leagues.
How do you plan on doing away with your tasty Thanksgiving leftovers? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Americans throw away a grand total of $282 million worth of uneaten turkey each year. And you can bet that that number is just as high for wasted Christmas ham and roast birds.
A student in Omaha, Neb., has identified a problem with school lunches — as well as a solution that could help solve an entrenched food waste issue in school cafeterias across the country.
In order to get the best price for a school lunch, kids are required to take one serving of a fruit or a vegetable to create a full meal. If they don’t, they can end up paying higher ala carte prices.
School cafeterias that want to reduce food waste are finding that taking away student’s trays encourages them to take less and waste less.
Now a researcher at Kansas State University has found that posting a few basic reminders to not waste food results in…less food waste.
We in America have grown up hearing how we live in a world of plenty, and for many of us, that has been true.
But hundreds of millions of the world’s human residents have so much less than ‘plenty’, they don’t even have adequate food.
WorldWatch Institute, which tracks human welfare around the globe, reports that 265 million people are malnourished, and continue to suffer from food shortages because they lack the ability to safely store crops or keep produce fresh.
WorldWatch sponsors a program, Nourishing the Planet, that’s taking a closer look at how to alleviate hunger in Africa and elsewhere, and not necessarily through food giveaways, but through innovative solutions that help imperiled populations become more food secure.
The project’s team members have pinpointed one cause of food scarcity that can be found in SubSaharan Africa and in the United States: Food waste.
If you really ponder how spoiled Americans are, you’ll eventually have to consider how much food they spoil. It’s all around us, trash cans spilling over with fast food remnants; restaurants and cafeterias and household waste bins teeming in leftovers. The government estimates that Americans throw out about 25 percent of the food they prepare, or about 31 billion tons of food every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
By Paula Minahan
Green Right Now
Dumpster diving as the perfect solution to a sustainable lifestyle?
It could be, according to a report from The Daily Show. Seems forest-living, oil-spurning electrical engineer Tod Kershaw has perfected the art. “My favorite dumpster is Trader Joe’s. It’s just so wonderful; it’s the nirvana of dumpsters. There’s great food, a lot of it is organic and very rarely do you find maggots in there.”
If you say so, Tod.
But kidding aside – and Kershaw isn’t – the fact he can feed his family on discarded grocery items is telling. Telling us that food waste in America is out of control.