Dealing With Waste
Author: Sally Morgan
BUY – Leftover Food
Let’s look at the world and see what is happening globally.
Let’s be aware of how we contribute to waste and what we can do to live in a more sustainable way.
Leftover Food is a clear and informative book for children to investigate a variety of topics on food wastage and the recycling of food waste. It is one of six titles in the excellent Dealing With Waste series.
By 2025 there may be as many as 8.5 billion people on earth, everyone needs to eat, some people have a hard time getting one meal a day, while food is getting thrown out in epic proportions.
We find out why large crops are often dumped, why manufacturers, restaurants and shops throw out and donate food and how this relates to ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ dates.
In many developing countries food waste is left on the streets. How does this impact people’s health and what can we do in our own homes and schools and avoid unnecessary waste.
Check The Waste Series Link to see Sally’s other books.
Landfills, incinerators, composting, wormeries and recycling food are all touched on.
I was shocked to learn that fat waste that has been processed in a rendering plant is reused in soaps, cosmetics and skincare products….surely the oil is rancid by then! Reclaimed oil is also fed to animals to give them weight gain!
On a positive note it can be made into fuel, which seems like a wiser option.
You may want to use some of the topics in this book to discuss your views on recycling and waste.
Biogas digesters are introduced, both at a commercial level and in a rural context like India.
Buying local produce can reduce the problems caused by transporting food large distances.
Children are encouraged to have a go at reading labels to find the foods country of origin.
Growing your own garden, eating smaller portions to avoid food wastage and generally being more aware of how you are living can make a big difference to our world.
Clear colourful photos bring these ideas to life as we see the bright wares in the floating market boats of Bangkok and the dusty work of Ethiopian villagers as they sow their seed and hope for rain.
Nature has its own natural recycling processes, fungi, flies, worms and beetles keep nature in balance. We need to help these creatures by acting in ways that are sustainable and by moving past old ways of thinking and behaving.
A glossary of key words can be found at the back of the book along with a number of websites which have more information on some of these topics.