What exactly is food waste?
I know my apple cores and banana peels should be composted or fed to the chickens, and I do both. They should not go into a landfill.
Am I wasting food when I let the last of the lettuce go bad by procrastinating and not eating it? Even though the three hens eat it, I still feel I wasted it. If I get cast off food from a market and want it just for feeding hens, I know I am saving it from the landfill and helping not to waste food. But, I have this uneasy and maybe irrational feeling that I should eat what I pay for and not let one crumb of fruits and vegetables go to landfill, compost, or hens. I will slice off the little bad spot from an onion that is given me in the box of chicken produce and chop/freeze for later use.
Some people on many posts/comments for months have said they wasted nothing because it goes to hogs or chickens. Somehow, I think that allowing a cupful of beans or 1/4 cup of yogurt to stay beyond their welcome in the refrigerator is waste! Yes, compost or hens can redeem the food waste, but isn't it still waste?
Is it okay to say you didn't waste that last helping of food by feeding it to an animal or the compost because you don't like leftovers? Shouldn't we learn to love leftovers?
I certainly agree with all his other concerns and points. The term "waste" confuses me. Yes, his dog can eat it, my hens or compost pile put wasted food to use. Of course, my compost bin is starving for food scraps now that I have hens.
Again, what is waste?
My question is not in any type of opposition to his blog. But, if a person throws out half a head of lettuce to hens or compost, isn't she still wasting food? If a guy leaves an apple or banana that he took for a lunch until it is inedible yet brings it home to compost, didn't he still waste food? When people say they don't waste anything because the feed leftovers-lingering-languishing to animals or the compost pile, aren't they still wasting food. I think so.
Of course, I won't eat any gristle on meat of any kind. And, I trim away all fat from meat. Is that waste? Hmmm, no. The hens will eat it.
Of course, I agree that the Rose Bowl full of food could be better used, consumed by humans, compost bins, or animals.
Is this food in the picture considered waste?
Look at the picture, please. This eggplant and cabbage leaf bit have been in my backyard since Saturday. They both were in much better shape four days ago when I brought them home. Could the eggplant have been used for human consumption? I don't know because I don't eat eggplant. Grocers/markets/farmers are forced to peel back the cabbage leaves to show the nicer inner cabbage leaves. I pondered this as I fed perfectly good cabbage leaves to my hens. The two apples I gave them had a little bruise on each.
I do eat the garlic and onions because not to do so would be "wasting" both. I have a compost hole that receives citrus, garlic (really is rotten), onions (same here), and eggplant.
If I were truly hungry, in a starvation mode, how much of the food I get only for hens would I consider edible? So, if it would be edible in one circumstance and just animal food in another circumstance, how much of a hypocrite am I?
Am I making up rules for other people that don't apply to me? Is feeding possibly-wasted food to the animals or compost bin sufficient redemption for wasting that food at the dinner table, in the refrigerator, or in the market?