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Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:34

08 Jan 2016


This was a documentary I recently watched on TV, about Food Waste.
This couple decided to live for 2 months on food they would scavenge. They would look in dumpsters outside of supermarkets and restaurants. They found the dumpsters full of perfectly good food, most of which was still in original packaging and un-opened. It was actually shocking to see, some of these dumpsters were so full of stuff which was headed to a landfill. It was shot in both Canada and the U.S. but apparently this goes on in every Country. I wondered why this food couldn't be donated to Food banks. I must admit I was guilty of throwing out perfectly good food, but have since changed my ways.Though I do still throw my bread crusts out for any wild life that wants it. As for this couple they had so much stuff they found, they invited friends to shop at their house.

This is just something I wanted to share.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Candlelight.kk on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:36

08 Jan 2016


Certainly is a bit of an eye-opener, isn't it. Thanks for sharing that, Curious.

I was brought up surrounded by food aplenty. Our mum was a professional cook, having worked during the war years "in service" as live-in cook to some well-to-do families in Dublin first, then London. The London family where she was cook, would spend a few months of the year in Monte Carlo where they had another home, and she would go with them on these occasions. The family entertained quite lavishly there and amongst the dignatories that she cooked for there were Princess Grace of Monaco (the actress, Grace Kelly) and the Aga Khan (father of the present one), who were personal friends of the family and were often invited to dine with them. It was another world altogether, especially when comparing the rationing that the "common folk" had to adhere to during the war years in particular. All that, of course, taught folk who lived through those 'Mend and Make Do" times the importance of "waste not, want not".
During the time that I (and my siblings) were growing up, my parents had a restaurant (in London) and then when the family moved back to Ireland a guest house with café, a pub later on - and even after they retired they turned the house into a B&B and had long-term, full time lodgers there as well - again through 'troubled times', as at that time they lived just south of the [imaginery] border - known as 'Bandit Country' during 'The Troubles' in Ireland (in the '70s), and the long-term lodgers were mostly young lads newly recruited into the Guardaí (police) on border patrol duty, who were often a target for gunmen and bombers etc.
Food being plentiful in our home life, we all had drummed into us the importance of 'waste not, want not' - food in particular, and how to use up every scrap of leftovers, making some very tasty, nutritional dishes out of what normally might get thrown away. To this day, I can still hear my mother's voice, when I go to chuck something away that perhaps might be gone past the "use by" date ... "Think of all the starving people in this world and what some people would give for those morsels - which could probably go to feed a needy family somewhere for a week or more.

Now that I no longer have the danger of the cats around the place, I do put aside some bread and meusli etc for the birds. They are not exactly 'needy' in the sense that some people are, but there's quite another little world that goes on out in my garden (which I'm so very happy to have) which is really quite lovely to see and be a part of. Even when the cats were around there was a very busy animal story to be told out there - getting to know all the 'regulars' that live or visit out there - birds, frogs, squirrels, foxes (the foxes were at first a worry for the cats - especially the small one, Poppy) - but the foxes had cubs and brought them to visit and the cubs and cats growing up together, eventually became friends and would actually play with each other. We no longer see any foxes in the garden but the rest of the regulars (2 robins, 2 blackbirds (male & female), 2 magpies, and 2 squirrels are all regular visitors to the feeding place that I've now put out as a permanent feature in the garden. The odd time a lone thrush comes around (beautiful songbird) and - last and least in the food chain, the pigeons (which are not really welcomed by anyone, myself included - scroungers!) There does seem to be a pattern which has become the routine at the feeding place. I've come to realise that there's a sort of heirarchy which they all respect and no-one encroaches upon the other's turn; they all wait quietly in line before approaching the feed place. Whenever I put out some new goodies in the box [covered in part from the elements], one of the magpies in the branches of a distant tree will start chattering very loudly - it's as if they are spreading the news around that there's been a new delivery into the feed box - bit like news would spread through a telepgraph wire, I suppose. It's instant - and it really is quite a racket it makes and goes on for a while. Then that same magpie will swoop down towards the feed box and without stopping swoop up over the roof - always in the very same direction (just above the kitchen door from where I am looking out). Not long after that the robin will arrive (always the first to arrive), sometimes with its partner (or offspring - they make a nest up high in the shed each year). Next is the magpie (and partner) who will always wait at a distance until the robins have had their share. The magpies might go straight after the robin, but if the blackbirds appear in the meantime the magpies will go back to their perch on the wall and wait till they've finished. The cutest (and funniest) part is when the squirrels come along (they like the bits of nuts and fruit that are in the meusli). These guys don't actually eat straight away .. they fill up as much as they can in their cheeks (you can see the cheeks puff out further and fuller) and when full they head off to various places with their hoard to stow it away in secret burrows that they've forged, so that there's plenty stored away for the cruel winter months when food is scarce and hard to find. One of those squirrels decided to make its 'secret' store in one of my flower troughs nearby. (For ages I kept finding big holes in the compost and spillages surrounding the troughs or barrels. That squirrel is obviously a bit dim (or at least no way as cunning as the magpies) because no sooner has he buried his loot in his favourite flower trough out there (I can see all this going on from the kitchen window - I've given up trying to sow any more flowers in that area) - as soon as he scurries off and is out of sight, the [ever-watching] magpie swoops down from his watch tower, straight to the 'secret' store - and digs it all up and flies off with it!! Happens every time. I feel a little bit sorry for the squirrel, but you would think he might have cottoned on by now ....

The scroungers (the pigeons) are always the last to arrive and obviously not invited or welcome there by anyone. They are normally on the scene for the leftovers - and everyone else has usually had their fill by the time they arrive, but if one of the 'accepted' regulars does appear while the pigeons are scrounging - apart from the gentle robin, all of the characters that happen to come along will bravely stand their ground and (depending which variety they are) will menace, peck, jump on, or generally make a real nuisance of themselves until the pigeons give up and fly off, leaving the place free for the 'officials' to form their polite waiting line at the feeder.

Oops! I got a bit carried away here - though it's not really off-topic, it does have some bearing on the subject matter of this post.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:40

09 Jan 2016


You have a wonderful way with words Candlelight, Your mother had such an interesting life, and your early years seem equally interesting.
Growing up I never had to eat anything I didn't like, and never thought of food waste. Seeing dumpsters full to the brim with edible food has made me think of those who could use it.

You have such a lot of different birds, it must be comical watching them.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Misty on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:42

09 Jan 2016


There was a documentary on BBC just recently called Hugh's War on Waste about wasting and throwing away food. In 2 parts, you can watch it here on iPlayer.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06nzl76/ad/hughs-war-on-waste-episode-1
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:44

10 Jan 2016


I tried to watch it, but have to live in the U.K. to do so.

I'm not coming back to this site as I realize it's not for those of us outside of Britain. It was nice while it lasted, thanks.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Candlelight.kk on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:48

10 Jan 2016


Curious wrote:
I tried to watch it, but have to live in the U.K. to do so.

I'm not coming back to this site as I realize it's not for those of us outside of Britain. It was nice while it lasted, thanks.

Aw, that's a shame, Curious. The subject of life and death etc is surely something that affects each one of us whatever part of the globe we find ourselves in. It would have been nice to have heard from you some stories about how different things are in Canada, for instance.
Maybe that's why other members who joined from various international locations (America, Australia, Indonesia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Denmark) have not stayed around very long. Whether they still read in here, I'm not sure .... though we do have some [sort of] regular posting members not based in the UK, who continue with us here. (Stardust is based in France, mac flits between UK and US, JDBP flits between UK and Greece (lucky gits, the pair of 'em ) ... and it doesn't seem to be a problem for them).
Most videos, documentaries, films etc are accessible from wherever you are in the world. It's just the BBC iPlayer that's only available here in the UK (see link below):
BBC iPlayer 'watched by more than 60m outside the UK for free'

Even just across the water in Ireland it's not accessible without a UK IP - but as the link suggests, there are ways around that; you can always use a temporary proxy which would let you view the BBC programmes.

Expat Shield is the best one (I know loads of people that use it - members of my family are dotted around the world - they use it, without a prob.) Just make sure you download it from the official Expat Shield site!

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If you tell me the name of the documentary you talk about in the OP - maybe I can find a way to post it up here so that we can all see what you were talking about - and btw, thanks to Misty for posting the UK programme here also.

If, OTOH, you have decided that it's time for you to move on, then of course you must go on your way. I would just like to thank you for the contributions you have made here , and to wish you much love, luck and laughter to accompany you on your journey.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Misty on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:50

10 Jan 2016


Dont go Curious! I will miss you if you leave.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:53

10 Jan 2016


I didn't mean to double post - Sorry.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:55

10 Jan 2016


Thank you Candlelight k.k. and Misty for your kind words.

Candlelight, the name of the documentary is the title of my thread. thanks for your suggestions. Maybe I was being too hasty in my decision to leave. I will stay around now, though this website is very slow to load, I use Safari as my browser and this is the only site that has that problem.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Misty on Tue 09 May 2017, 22:58

10 Jan 2016


I didnt know that about i-player. Thought everybody could see it as i do.

I am glad you are staying Curious. I found Just Eat It on You Tube but it says Not available in your country. (My country is England)

Funny enough we can see some deleted clips here: http://www.foodwastemovie.com/video/
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 23:01

11 Jan 2016

thanks  Misty,
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Candlelight.kk on Tue 09 May 2017, 23:05

11 Jan 2016


Curious wrote:
I will stay around now

Pleased to hear that, Curious.  :D

Curious wrote:
though this website is very slow to load, I use Safari as my browser and this is the only site that has that problem.

Is this always the case with this website? Or do you mean just recently it's been slow? Is it slow for you right now Questionmark
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Curious on Tue 09 May 2017, 23:07

11 Jan 2016


I just tried it, it was fine. Since joining it has often been slow. It's not a big problem though.
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Re: Just Eat It

Post by Stardust on Tue 09 May 2017, 23:09

13 Jan 2016


I'm glad Curious is staying too. It would be great to have more members from countries all round the world so we would have different perspectives on the various subjects covered in the forums, and it's nice to imagine other places and to exchange with someone thousands of miles away.


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