Foraging urban food waste

October 4, 2023 by Joshua
in Visualization

I hope I don’t embarrass my mom with this post. I’m not sure how she feels about me scavenging food from others, though I learned composting from her.

When I drop off my food scraps for composting, I see from what’s in the bins that people waste tons of perfectly good food. The bins mostly contain scraps of inevitable parts of plants. As a non-coffee drinker, I’m always surprised at how much coffee grounds people produce. I have no qualms about salvaging the edible stuff. I’m proud of what I consider elegant: saving food from waste. Everyone knows we waste too much food. I don’t think people realize how much they waste.

I defy you to find any reason not to eat the following food other people didn’t deign to eat, but I will. I’ll add pictures over time.

People don’t realize the rest of cauliflower is delicious and nutritious, including the stalk and leaves. I salvaged these parts people took the florets from and discarded:

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