(Warning: This is a two-cup of tea or coffee post..)
(The photos, of course, are completely gratuitous!)
It is estimated that one third of all the food produced in the world is wasted.
Sadly, this amount would greatly diminish the world's hunger problems. And In addition to the humanitarian implications, food waste also contributes to ecological problems both in terms of the physical presence of food products in our landfills and also the energy wasted in growing, harvesting, packaging and transporting food that is never eaten.
What to do with food scraps?
The book, Garbology, cites a study "The Garbage Project" where core samples were taken deep into several landfills throughout the U.S. only to find that food waste sits within the landfill and never decomposes. For example, carrot tops and onion skins were still intact after 20 years, and Kaiser rolls had transformed into hardened, mummified versions of themselves. So, throwing food scraps into the trash should never be an option. Items we see as "biodegradable" do not biodegrade in trash piles. (And Kaiser rolls make great treats for the birds!)
Luckily, some municipalities have begun composting services, with special...