British households throw away 4.4m tonnes of edible food a year, estimates suggest - and bread is the most wasted provision of all. But why?Because it goes stale. Next!
Oh, hang on! Here comes a chance to blame ‘modern society’:
"Freegan" Mark Boyle sees plenty of bread in rubbish bins when looking for free food, and thinks people have lost touch with the bread-making process.What the hell is all this ‘back to nature’ horseshit? You aren’t some grizzled old pioneer, living off the land by the sweat of your brow – you’re one step up from a stray dog or an urban fox!
"If you make something yourself, you've spent half an hour kneading the bread and then baking it, you don't waste that bread because you know how much energy you've put into it," he says.
"But if you can pick up a loaf of bread for about 20p at the end of a day from a supermarket... then you don't have the same respect for what you're consuming."
So-called "rag-pickers" in Paris in the 1880s never wasted any bread scraps - they ate any clean bread they were given or sold it on to tradespeople, and used dirty bread to feed animals or as breadcrumbs that were sold back to restaurants.Yes, indeed they did, but you know what we’ve got since then?
Hygiene laws. Health and safety edicts. The sort of things that ensure that when you go out to a restaurant for lunch, you aren’t taking your life in your hands.
I think most people would call that progress…
Another way to reduce wastage is to freeze bread - so why are people not doing that?What do you mean they aren’t? I do it all the time!
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