The concept ‘mottainnai’ applies to things that we think we should not waste – but who decides what is waste?
I want to offer two disclaimers for this blog: firstly, it is entirely heteronormative and cis-centric. Food waste studies have only recently begun factoring in gender at all, let alone all the complexities and multifaceted experiences that come with gender and sexuality. Frustratingly there is also insufficient research into the intersection of race, class andContinue reading “Why food waste is a feminist issue”
How do fridges increase food waste? Look at that unassuming white box in your kitchen. What would you ever do without it? The cool saviour of your leftover pizza, the treasure chest of treats, the preserver of your daily nourishment. Yet your fridge may be hindering your efforts to reduce food waste. Fridges were initiallyContinue reading “How fridges make us waste food”
“… what remains when the good, fruitful, valuable, nourishing and useful has been taken […] the tat, the lowly that has sunk to the depth of a value system”. Scanlan, 2005 As Scalan posits, and as I explore in the Longer read What is food waste?, waste is simply something that has lost value toContinue reading “What gives food more value, and how does this reduce food waste?”
How my food waste habits changed after my divorce
What counts as food waste? This question is a lot more difficult to answer than you might think.