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Trash to table: Learn how to rescue home food waste

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From page A3 | June 22, 2014 |

Are you tired of throwing away brown bananas and delegating unused celery and carrot tops to the compost bin? Do you feel frustrated comparing the mound of melon to the mountain of rind on your cutting board?

Americans waste about 40 percent of their food, and up to 25 percent of that is at home. Fight the statistics by joining the Davis Food Co-op “thrift wizards” for a food waste reduction demonstration on Thursday, June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.

Participants will learn easy, creative ways to rescue the contents of their refrigerator crisper drawer, whether it’s making a tart and flavorful grapefruit syrup, pickling a watermelon rind or discovering how to use a vanilla bean three ways.

“It takes a little effort, a lot of creativity and some chemistry to stretch a food budget and help save the planet,” a news release said. “See how it’s done, try samples, and take home the recipes!”

This event is part of the Yolo County Library’s 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program.

“The science-based theme of this year’s summer reading program is Fizz, Boom, Read!,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “With rising food prices and increasing concerns about the environment, the Trash to Table demonstration is perfect for adults wanting to use creativity, combined with food science, to extend the life of expensive produce and other foods for the benefit of our world.”

No reservations are required for the free program. The Blanchard Room is accessible for people with disabilities.

For more information about the library, visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

Enterprise staff

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  • Rich RifkinJune 23, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    "Americans waste about 40 percent of their food, and up to 25 percent of that is at home." ............. I don't think either of those are scientifically valid estimates of food waste, a component of food loss. In a study published recently by the USDA called, "The Estimated Amount, Value, and Calories of Postharvest Food Losses at the Retail and Consumer Levels in the United States," its authors found this: "In the United States, 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels in 2010 went uneaten. Retail-level losses represented 10 percent (43 billion pounds) and consumer-level losses 21 percent (90 billion pounds) of the available food supply." ............... The actual numbers are still shockingly high. They just are not quite as high as the numbers that the NRDC regularly promotes. I looked up the source of that 40 percent figure. It comes from a study published on-line, but one where the methods used to determine the totals are not given. Also, the relevant data year for that 40 percent total is 2003, though the study was published later.

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