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Tonight: Eco Week Food Waste Event

Tonight, as part of Eco Week 2016, the Sustainability Office screens the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) food waste documentary ‘Just Eat It’ (Tue, 6-8 pm, C Block). The screening starts at 6.30 pm, and there are nibbles and speakers before hand at 6 pm. Check out the trailer here! Free entry and non-UC staff welcome too.

Jpeg posterFood waste is a big issue in New Zealand too. For instance, in just one year, Kiwis throw out nearly $11 million worth of potatoes. That’s approximately 169,000 5kg bags of white washed potatoes from a local supermarket, and loads of goodness going unnecessarily either into the landfill or green waste.  We asked Melisa Quinn from VCUC (Vegetarian Club of UC) for a quick and easy, spud-based recipe to help you use all your spuds!

Jacket potato with beans

The proportion of each ingredient is up to you. The good news is that you can eat plenty, as whole plant based-foods are low in calories. Make up double the amount in the evening, and you also have yummy lunch which can be warmed in the ‘heat and eat’ areas dotted around campus.

  • Potatoes (you don’t have to peel them!)
  • Soaked beans (e.g. red kidney beans) of your choice
  • Herbs of your choice (rosemary is a classic for potatoes, plus thyme, basil and oregano for the tomato/vege filling)
  • Salt, pepper, brewers’ yeast
  • Tomatoes (whole or canned)
  • Any other left over vegetables of your choice.

Baked-Sweet-Potatoes-with-Cannellinis-and-Baby-Spinach-recipe-on-ShockinglyDelicious.com_-480x320Wash the potato/potatoes, and roll them in a little olive oil and rosemary. Bake the potato/potatoes whole in the oven for up to an hour at 190 degrees celsius. While that is happening rinse your beans and cook them with the tomatoes, herbs and spices for 20 minutes on a medium heat. You can also add other (precooked) vegetables or other left overs to the bean and tomato mix. When the potatoes are cooked (poke with a fork to test their softness), split them open and stuff with the bean and vege mix. Top with brewers yeast for extra seasoning and tastiness. Enjoy!

What else is happening during Eco Week?

ENGS5715_Eco_Week_280x178pxThis Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events for the rest of the week:

On Thursday you can tour two Tiny Houses built by UC alumni. The Tour leaves at 1.30 (meet Katie at Science Road Car Park), back at 4pm. Booking is essential, email ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz. Also, UCSA club VCUC will screen Cowspiracy in Kirkwood, 6-8 pm.

On Friday,  learn about where to find free food on UC campus when you join the Edible Campus Tour! There are lemons, olives, walnuts, figs and more growing all over campus and that it’s all free to eat. Meet tour guide and community gardener Jane Aistrope outside Café 1894 at 12 noon sharp.

In the late afternoon, celebrate student and staff achievements in sustainability at the 2016 Sustainability Awards ceremony! Undercroft 101 – 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

On Saturday, UC’s very first Sustaina-ball presented by the UC Eco Club Network. Theme is Garden Party. Visit here for more information.  Bentley’s (UCSA events centre) 7.30pm to late.

On Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

Check out the events on the UC Sustainability Office Facebook page, or check out the events section on the UC Eco Club Facebook page.

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On dumpster diving and how to reduce food waste

indexDuring Eco Week 2016 (19- 24 September) we will screen the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) documentary ‘Just Eat It’, which is all about Food Waste. Sharon McIver (Our Daily Waste) shares her thoughts on the topic.

Imagine enough food to feed the population of Dunedin for two years. That is a lot of cheese rolls. Now imagine taking it off those Dunedinites and throwing it out.

In June this year, 59 councils launched the Love Food Hate Waste NZ  initiative in an unprecedented show of support for reducing the 122, 547 tonnes of food that New Zealanders waste each year. According to the website this would feed Dunedin, or fill 213 jumbo jets (although I wish they’d converted it to Olympic swimming pools which are easier to line up).

As someone who runs a waste prevention and recycling consultancy called Our Daily Waste I am sadly not surprised by these figures – I see what comes through the bins at the events we provide services for. Yet food waste still puzzles me – I grew up in a state house where tomorrow’s ‘leftovers’ were carved before our portions, and you learned to gobble your dinner before it could be taken off you.

And even though those conditions have changed, this innate sense of food budgetry kept me well fed during 12 years of being a student – not wasting food saves money.

Of course, much of our food waste comes from the supermarkets themselves, and whilst there is pressure mounting to make them donate that food to charities, there is a growing trend towards dumpster diving, which although illegal in NZ, is attracting a number of people who consider it to be a lesser sin than the immorality of food waste. However, there is a code of practice to dumpster diving; from the divers who have passed on some of their spoils to me (camembert, wine, chocolate), I learned that you take tools to avoid damaging property, and always leave the area tidy and the bins how you found them. (The award-winning doco Just Eat It shines a bit of light on this!)

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There are many levels of preventing food waste and you don’t have to start with them all – just pick a couple that suit you and work at it from there:

Shopping

  • Fresh fruit and veggies don’t store well in plastic. Either buy it without packaging or make/buy some lightweight reusable bags, which also look great in the fridge.
  • Plan before you shop and don’t shop hungry.
  • Don’t buy cabbages if you don’t like them (note to self).
  • Shop at bulk food stores like Piko and Bin Inn so that you buy only what you need – you can also reduce waste by taking your own containers.
  • Only buy food that is near/past sell-by date if you know you will use it, but this can be a cheap alternative.

Storage

  • Research the best storage methods for different types of food.
  • Store food in airtight containers in cupboards, fridge and freezer.
  • Know difference between Use-By and Best-Before: Best-before dates are about food quality. Food can be eaten after its best-before date as long as it’s been stored according to instructions, it simply may have lost some quality or nutritional value. Use-by dates are about food safety. As long as the food is stored correctly and isn’t opened, it should be safe to eat before its use-by date. Use-by dates usually appear on perishable foods.

Leftovers

  • If you have leftovers, use for lunches, freeze, or give away.
  • Use leftover rice and bread for puddings.
  • Use sour milk for scones.
  • Make soups or stock with ‘tired’ veggies and freezer excess.
  • Take a reusable container with you to restaurants etc. and bag any leftovers. If you feel embarrassed use LFHW as a reason, and think about how good that pizza will be for breakfast.

Freezing

  • If you find you have food go mouldy, halve the package and freeze it (great for bread and cheese).
  • You can freeze many things including avocado, chocolate, and milk (use a little bit first).
  • Tag the things you put in the freezer so you can FIND IT LATER.

Portions

Scraps

  • Scrub veggies rather than peeling them.
  • Find a use for scraps such as: compost, chickens, Bokashi, worm farm.
  • If you have to throw out food, put it in the green bin, but remove all packaging first.

Next Level

  • Learn to preserve/ferment/brew.
  • Start a garden – when you tend something for months there’s no way you’ll throw it out.
  • Embrace food waste by foraging for it – start with the Otautahi Foraging Map which lists trees and edibles in public places including the red zone.

By Sharon McIver – Our Daily Waste

UCs Food Waste Event will be held on Tuesday 20 September (C Block). 6-6.30pm: Nibbles and a short get-together with speakers from Cultivate Waste and Love Food Hate Waste, 6.30-8pm screening of the thought-provoking, award-winning documentary “Just Eat It“. All welcome (not exclusive to UC staff and students).

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The Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. CBlock 6–8 pm
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz,  1.30–4pm
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12pm sharp
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

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Sustainability Office screens award-winning doco about Food Waste (Eco Week event)

03The Sustainability Office screens the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) food waste documentary ‘Just Eat It’ duringEco Week 2016,which kicks off the week after next.

New Zealanders are lucky enough to be living in a county which is effectively a ‘food basket’, where food is plentiful and relatively affordable. But perhaps we as a nation are taking food too much for granted and our baskets are overflowing unnecessarily. Up to 12% of families in New Zealand experience severe food insecurity over a period of twelve months.

Some of the significant sources of food waste in developed countries are:

– Perfectly edible food being dumped because it doesn’t look perfect. See this article, ‘why you should eat ugly food,’ for more information.

– Supermarkets dumping food because it hasn’t been sold within a predetermined time . See here for more info on ‘use by’ and expiry dates.

– The food consumers buy, but fail to eat.

– The huge volumes of food packaging sent to landfill.

Jpeg posterDuring Eco Week 2016 we will screen the “hugely entertaining” (Variety)  and “startling” (New York Times) documentary ‘Just Eat It’. This documentary dives into the issue of food waste from farm, through to retail, all the way to fridge in a lighthearted way. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, film makers Jen and Grant pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue (dumpster diving anyone?), the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Check out the movie trailer here. Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.

When: 20 September, 6 pm Speakers and nibbles, 6:30 pm Movie screening ‘Just Eat It’

Where: C Block

Cost: Free, all welcome (not exclusive to UC staff and students).

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The Food Waste Event is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. Here the events during Eco Week:

Monday: Launch: Free ice creams & coffee. Undercroft, 12–1.30 pm
Tuesday: Food Waste Event: Doco ‘Just Eat It’ & speakers. CBlock 6–8 pm
Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Bookings essential ecoweek@canterbury.ac.nz,  1.30–4pm
Friday: Edible Campus Tour. Meet Jane outside 1894,  12pm sharp
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Connect with us through Facebook or Instagram. Or email us: sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

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