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Tremendous quantities of food are wasted after production – discarded in processing, transport, supermarkets and kitchens – and this wasted food is also wasted water, finds a policy brief released Thursday at World Water Week in Stockholm.

Source: Environmental News Service. Read more…

 

In Michigan we don’t think about fresh water as a ration. Not until other States discuss siphoning off water from the Great Lakes. Reservoirs, dams and levies are not concerns here. Which is not to say we don’t care about our water, we do –now.

Michiganians have a shameful history of pollution. I explain it to my kids this way; “industry and people put things in the water that they didn’t want around. The water carried the bad stuff away. No one thought about where the bad stuff went.”

It seems that along with eliminating pollution in the water, we need to stop wasting precious water. We waste water in obvious ways; on our green lawns, during a long shower, and when we leave the tap open needlessly. But we waste water in less visible ways too.

Growing crops requires an enormous amount of water.  No one here is suggesting that you stop eating foods grown in soil. I’m suggesting only that we eat all we produce. When we throw away the food we buy, we toss out all the resources used to grow, ship and produce the food along with it.

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Our British friends have created a web resource that addresses the need to reduce, or heck, lets set the bar high and say, eliminate food waste.
If like me, you are not British, some suggestions from Love Food, Hate Waste can be puzzling. Example; I have never had leftover bangers to deal with. And I think to “blitz”, means puree in a blender. Really, I like the site’s local lingo, it helps me feel part of a larger community. While written for the UK, the suggestions and recipes are completely doable here in midwest USA.

 

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