A brave Australian journalist broke the code of silence around sexual abuse in his country’s orthodox community. Now, he’s tackling global food waste.
Nosh or Mosh? These groups used Jewish food and drink during live shows as playful-yet-resonant entry points to Jewishness.
Forget the basket of goodies and consider making mishloach manot donations in friends’ names to support Israel’s largest food-rescue network.
Now only a few years later, reducing food waste seems to have become somewhat of a fad in all the positive aspects of a fad possible (popular, but not passing and superficial). Just the other night, my mom was watching Chopped on t.v. where the secret ingredients were the parts of the food that you ordinarily throw out, such as herb stems. Inspired, last night for dinner she roasted potatoes with red onion stems she got from her CSA, something she would never have thought of otherwise, and it was delicious. According to Chopped, we waste around 40% of edible food, often because we do not know what to do with it.
It was a warm Monday night last Summer. We all dressed in black, though this was more for the thrill of being illicit than necessity. We piled into David’s car, silent until we reached our destination: Trader Joe’s. Well, not quite — behind Trader Joe’s — in their dumpster. It was my first time dumpster diving, and we gleaned an impressive haul: over a dozen eggs, zucchini, edamame hummus, and an entire, still cold chicken.
One of the ethical principles on which the Jewish environmental and food movements rest is ba’al tashchit, the commandment not to needlessly waste or destroy. One area of modern life that desperately needs to understand this principle better is our food supply, where over 40% of the food produced for human consumption is thrown away. Food waste begins in the fields, where imperfect produce is left to rot, continues through to stores that throw out expired products and restaurants that dump uneaten servings, and to our homes. With so many Americans going hungry, it is a travesty that so much food (and money) is being thrown in the trash.