Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Environmentality, 30 October 2013, Sandy Dudakov, Fareshare

Hi Environmentalityists, I have got a few stats for you today.......

543.9 tonnes of food rescued

133,579,000 meals given away

460 charities helped

and they are only Fareshare's stats for what they have rescued and made into nutritious beautiful meals for our fellow Victorians.

Download the show to hear Sandy tell us about the incredible work being done by the hundreds of volunteers at Fareshare.

The National Waste Report 2010 estimated Australians threw away 4 million tonnes of food a year, or enough to fill 450,000 garbage trucks!

Every household throws out food worth over $1,000 every year!

According to CSIRO data, throwing out a kilo of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat.

CSIRO also shows throwing out one kilo of white rice wastes 1,550 litres of water and discarding one kilo of potatoes wastes 500 litres of water.

National greenhouse inventory data tells us landfills contribute 2% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

When wasted food is thrown away and breaks down in landfill, together with other organic materials, it becomes the main contributor to the generation of methane – a gas 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
What a nation of wasters! But what can we do?

Some suggestions I have had are;

Never grocery shop when you are hungry
Make a list
Shop more frequently, especially if you eat more salad items
Grow your own
Cook smaller amounts
Freeze left overs immediately, so they don't grow into moldy bowls at the back of the fridge
Shop at markets where produce tends to be seasonal
Check the fridge before you eat out
Plant a seed and ask where ever you shop what they do with their excess food? 

Thanks Sandy for the music played today;

Dad Do You Remember from the album Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the little Hillbillies
For a Short Time, Mick Thomas from the album Riveresque 
Murder in the City, The Avett Brothers from the album The Second Gleam

Another great show next week with Amy Middleton from Australia Geographic.

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