... it's Food Waste Friday.
And that's why you see this ridiculous, hideous photo up on my blog instead of a cute baby, a beautiful sunset, a cute crafty purse, or the millions of other things you might find in the blogosphere...
I'm part of a group who participates in Food Waste Fridays. It was started by Kristen at The Frugal Girl, who began taking pictures of the food she threw in the garbage in hopes it would help her waste less. It did, and so she shared the idea with her readers and invited them to join in.
This week was all about my husband being out of town. In the tinfoil is the last of the banana bread I baked for him to take on his road trip. I baked an entire 13" X 9" pan of this stuff, and it was good but not great, so I don't feel too bad about wasting this little piece. I already gave most of it to my husband and a large chunk to a neighbor the day I baked it, but after having a few pieces myself, it wasn't worth the calories at some point.
The bagged lettuce is due to snobbery. My husband would have used it up, but with him away, I let it sit and rot while I enjoyed all the tastier fresh produce from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) delivery in the refrigerator. I barely have to buy any fruits or vegetables these days, just a bit of lettuce. And this bag just really won't do anymore, now that I've gone back to a fresh head: local, organic, and unpackaged.
When I was little, we had the "Clean Plate Club" at our dinner table. We ate everything on our plates because the little children in China and India and Africa were starving. As an adult, I gave up that logic because I think it can contribute to overeating. But I do believe in buying only what you need, and serving only what you can eat, and throwing away as little as possible. It's a tough balancing act if you want to eat healthfully, but it's what we're all trying to do better by participating in Food Waste Fridays. It really does make a difference to the planet what you toss in the trash. You can find out the details by visiting Wasted Food.
Are you tracking your food waste? How did you do this week? What's more important to you, eating well or wasting less? What if I told you the two things don't have to be mutually exclusive? I used to buy way too much produce, without a plan for preparing it, and throw half of it away the next time I went shopping. Does that sound like you? Please leave your thoughts, questions, ideas and suggestions in the Comments section.