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Web Site of the Week: December 29, 2008

Love Food Hate Waste

LoveFoodHateWaste is a great government-backed web site launched in the United Kingdom, which aims to raise awareness of how much food we throw away each year and the measures we can take to reduce the environmental impact of that waste.

Research undertaken by the UK-based Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP) in 2007 demonstrated that for every three bags of groceries we bring home, we effectively throw one of them straight in the trash!

Most of the wasted food ends up in landfills where it produces methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. But even worse is the amount of energy wasted in producing, packaging, storing, and transporting the wasted items.

LoveFoodHateWaste is part of a WRAP-managed program that attempts to address the problem of food waste by providing advice and suggestions on food preparation, storage, portioning, and recipes. An ongoing press and PR campaign features top TV chefs and celebrities and is supported by many other environmentally conscious organizations.

What type of foods do we throw away the most? Research has shown that up to 40% by weight of the still edible food that gets discarded is fresh fruit and vegetables. The top 5 list is completed by meat and fish, bread and other bakery products, dairy produce, and rice and pasta. Why does good food get thrown out? The main reasons are cooking or preparing too much and not using food before it goes bad or passes its sell-by date.

LoveFoodHateWaste includes a Perfect Portions planner, where you can select the ingredients and plug in the number of adults and children that you are preparing the meal for. The planner will give you the exact weight you need for each item on the menu – and even allow for leftovers if you are cooking the Thanksgiving turkey!

There are tips on saving time and money; storage and freezer tips; and tips on “reviving” food that you would normally throw away. What to do with those overripe bananas? Mash them on toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delicious breakfast. Lettuce looking too limp to serve? Just place the leaves in a bowl of cold water with a peeled, sliced potato and – hey presto – the lettuce is as good as new!

LoveFoodHateWaste features dozens of practical recipes for recycling and “rescuing” food so it’s never wasted. There are vegetarian recipes, recipes for kids, lunchtime recipes, and time-saver recipes.

There are also enough facts and figures supported by government funded research to make you stop and think about the waste taking place in your kitchen. If you’re concerned about rising food prices, tighter budgets and the impact of greenhouse gases, then this is great place to start!

And be sure check out previous Web Sites of the Week:

CoolSpotters: December 22, 2008

Share the Ride: December 15, 2008

Mint.com: December 8, 2008

Daily Lit: December 1, 2008

TGI Black Friday: November 24, 2008

Wee Web: November 10, 2008

Savvy Auntie: November 3, 2008

Woot.com: October 27, 2008

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