The Thanksgiving Aftermath

Holidays meals round-one, check. Now that it's post-Thanksgiving and we’re considering what to do with the leftover leftovers, it’s a good time to consider a subject that many of us don’t think  of at this time of year: food waste. HuffPo reports that “The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 35% of Turkey meat that Americans buy each year is thrown away.” Some perspective, Time Magazine reports “around 45 million turkeys will be killed for annual [Thanksgiving] feasts this year.”  When you consider the notion that a great many of those won’t even be purchased, the amount of waste is staggering. And I wonder, why can’t we put it to good use? The impact of food waste is a global issue, with repercussions that reverberate from climate change to hunger. Everyone’s heard of the food pyramid. Ever hear of the Food Waste Pyramid? It’s a step-by-step solve designed to address food waste. I hadn’t heard of it either until I saw Wasted!, The Anthony Bourdain documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017 and features several renown chefs discussing food waste globally and how to use more and waste less. You’ll also hear about ground-breaking waste reduction programs, like the in one Seoul, Korea, essentially based on a simple tenet—you waste, you pay. Seriously, it’s a good movie and an eye-opener, (you can watch it on Amazon or iTunes). If you want to waste less and you’re not sure how to start, consider it your primer.