Food waste and keeping it out of landfills has been in the news on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks, and with a recent UE report identifying the fact that society is now producing up to 50% of its food only to throw it away, clearly a lot needs to be done.
The problem is that food waste occurs for so many reasons and throughout the supply chain, that finding simple solutions is extremely hard. In our first excerpt it isn’t a bad idea to start to make commercial food producers compost, or digest their food waste. In fact, many people have realized that food waste can, when the anaerobic digestion process is used, even produce a healthy revenue.
In the UK, some people within the food industry have also made the suggestion that food waste should be banned from landfills. The following article from the US publication South Coast today shows that others have been making similar proposals:
“There are many different ways to compost, from special bins designed for use by homeowners to commercial-sized facilities that handle large-scale volume of organic waste. Farmers, in particular, can benefit from compost’s soil-enhancing materials, and …”
Following up on our earlier contention that food waste occurs from so many sources that it is hard to control, we bring your attention to the fact that even efforts to improve the diets of our schoolchildren can unwittingly result in a rise in food waste.
Is it too much to hope that this will only be a temproary effect, and that once these children have gotten used to the new flavors of healthier foods, the food waste will reduce again?
“Wayne Vespa, the director of school nutrition services, said the amount of food waste doubled at the start of this school year in September, when the new rules limiting calorie, sodium and fat intake for school lunches went into effect, compared with …”
Reducing food waste is being quite reasonably seen in many countries as the next big battle for improvements in waste management practise, without which:
– Further increases in recycling will become more difficult
– The landfills will continue to pose the same sort of risks of contamination of the environment as they do now, due to the fact that most of the harmful organic content in the landills (which by the way also produces landfill gas), comes from the food and other organic waste disposed to the landfill.
But, let’s not get despondent. If, as our poster suggests, in wartime food can be bottled by the nations housewives with a little engenuity today, the food industry should be able to adopt similar practices.
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