Austin, TX

Join us at the Stateside at the Paramount for an inspirational evening featuring writer and activist Raj Patel.

The author of bestsellers on food (Stuffed and Starved) and economics (The Value of Nothing), Patel is working on a new multimedia project with award-winning documentary filmmaker Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams” and “The Interrupters.” The “Generation Food” project will show how ordinary people around the world are overcoming obstacles and “setting the table” for themselves, their communities, and generations to come using better, smarter ways of growing food and feeding the world than the industrial agriculture system.

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Maywa Montenegro’s Food Waste Linkorama

Berkeley’s excellent Maywa Montenegro sent this fine romp through the latest food waste links, each one of which is a winner. Many thanks MM!

The new NRDC report on food waste gets some media attention. “Americans are throwing away 40 percent of food in the U.S., the equivalent of $165 billion in uneaten food each year,” writes Environmental Leader, a trade publication. While losses come at each step in the supply chain — from farm to processor to retailer to household — The Atlantic digs through the report and notes, “by far the most significant point of waste is at the consumer level…. A family of four can lose more than $2,000 per year in uneaten food.” Meanwhile, the Times Green Blog focuses on thepredominant reasons for wastage (science says: inconclusive data!) and the ecological upshot (25% of freshwater resources go into the life cycle of wasted food). Searching for the silver lining, NPR’s Salt blog looks at 5 innovative ways folks around the world are “combating waste and rerouting food to where it’s needed.” And Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, maintains a website entirely dedicated to wasted food, featuring a FlickR set of funky-shaped veggies, and links to everything from Apps for food recovery programs to recipes for unsellable-peach salsa. Bloom’s gallery is particularly worth a visit, if only to glimpse the Mutato Project, a German photographer’s homage to non-standard food.