Lazy Recycling

by Daisy on 08/18/2014

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I noticed the other day after breakfast this was all the waste left over after the meal:


Except for the fruit sticker, it all goes to the chickens where it will be recycled as eggs and fertilizer.

It’s not always like this; believe me, sometimes our trash can gets a workout, but whenever we can have a nearly zero-waste meal I love it. I love it as much because it’s easy as because it’s eco. Toss it in the chicken bucket, no sorting, no flattening, no rinsing and wondering. Yes, wondering.

I wonder whether or not the recycling really is recycled, or does it sometimes get tossed in the landfill out of convenience? I wonder how much fossil fuel it takes to recycle the waste back into something useful. I wonder about the chemicals in the packaging next to our food in the first place.

So much better to eat in a way that doesn’t require packaging.

And speaking of that telltale fruit sticker, it reminds me that pear came from far away, in a truck, perhaps in a plane, burning non renewable energy and polluting the air on its way.  I can’t wait for our own pear trees to begin producing fruit.

Occasionally I’ve been able to go out into the yard here in suburbia and pick enough food, eating it there on the spot as I go, to qualify as a meal. A few handfuls of cherry tomatoes, a few figs, herbs, and greens.

No cooking, no dishes to wash.

That’s my kind of recycling/eating local.

Have you ever eaten a meal right out of the garden, while standing in a garden you grew yourself? It solves so many problems right there: pollution, waste, inactivity, poor nutrition, boredom. Or, of course, bring the produce of the garden inside, minimally prepare it, and serve it with family and friends and you’ve also struck a blow against social isolation.

What problems do you think could be solved or reduced with more local, hands on gardening? Do you think it’s possible to make a difference?




{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

angie August 19, 2014 at 6:27 am

can’t find the giveaway!

Daisy August 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

angie–Sorry! That was a while back. We need to go in and delete those posts so the “suggested posts” widget will stop recommending them!

Angela August 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

One of our favorite meals last summer was all from our backyard and lake Erie. Perch, new potatoes and salad. I wish we could do it more often but the quantity of food for my family of 5 althletes is overwheming. But even just snacking out of the yard is a small step in the right direction. No waste, no chemicals, so fresh and healthy.

Patricia August 19, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Hmm… Auntie Pataricia says, “It looks like you forgot to eat your pear seeds.” Fruit seeds contain laetrile, the substance that holds cell division in check, thereby preventing tumor and cancer cells from growing… a cheap preventative. Gets to the point where eating a piece of fruit doesn’t feel complete without eating the seeds.

Daisy August 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

Patricia–I’ve never heard of that! Thanks for the tip!

Mike Corbeil October 3, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Many things are possible, but possibilities aren’t equally probable. When people live in dream world, then everything is possible, dreamfully anyway; but, when it’s the real world we have, then it’s extremely unjust, etc, and what’s possible for betterment is improbable. This world is full of hell or injustices for very many people, most of the human population, and there’s little for anything else, for these people; but, and of course, this depends on how much we really care for others. Cheap chit-chat is nothing, but some people relish it.

Consider what our governments and corporations do to this world and what their supporters are complicit in causing; meaning most people who vote for “elections” all while real democracy definitely doesn’t even exist, certainly not in western industrialized, colonized and … countries anyway. These people, “leaders”, make life hell for very many innocent people. Is it possible that those victims will one day achieve freedom from this hell? Sure, it’s hypothetically possible; but it isn’t very probable. The hypothesis is thatt it’s possible, while the stronger theory is that it’s highly improbable.

Be animal and plant-friendly, keep your household healthy, do all such things, and bomb, massacre other people, The American/Westerm Way!

I care about health, Nature, etc, but we can sometimes wonder why, for we cetainly make this world hell at the same time. Etc.

Christy October 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

So exciting! Baby baby steps for me and lots of trying to do just the next right thing. There are so many ways different people are choosing to do just one right thing and they are furthering the good of others along the way – for none of us can do all right things that need doing in this world. So I thank you for your contribution and for encouraging and coaching us in something good.

Daisy October 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

Christy–Thanks, sweetie. I think even if it made NO difference, say, globally, it still helps personally.

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