One of the questions I’ve been considering: Is my signature voluminous plate of stir-fried kale and onions slightly less wasteful in that I serve as the grocery store’s default compost bin, cruising the produce department for those orange stickers that indicate a package of raw veggies is about to be tossed out?
I know I should only buy whole veggies, preferably from a farmer’s market, and cut them up myself. But if they‘re just going to go to waste — probably dumped in the trash rather than being added to compost — is my salvage operation such a bad thing?
I like to think it’s a sustainable living stepping stone. Eating lots of veggies is better than eating lots of Twinkies, both in terms of personal and planetary health.
Now I need to work on getting to the stepping stones that lie ahead, such as “making friends with hunger” (see January’s interview with philosophy professor Steve Naragon).
In the meantime, maybe I should also consider this unsettling thought:
Unlike a goat, my poo doesn’t do anything to improve the soil. So you could argue that it’s more of a waste to feed me compost than it is to feed the actual compost heap — unless by eating compost I’m at least reducing how much other crap I’m eating.