We order the worms on Wednesday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
Food Waste and Some Unique Strategies to Reduce Our Contribution at Earths General Store
Food is grown to nourish our bodies. A lot of labour, energy and financial resources went into getting it to our bodies. Along the way quite a bit of waste was generated (some estimate this to be as high as 40%) but we as the end consumer actually waste the largest percentage – almost 50% of this wastage. This wastage is disrespectful to the growers, the energy that went into growing and producing the food, and to the environment.
The food industry works to provide us with food for our bodies. The farmers plant the seeds, pickers pick the fruit, the machines harvest, transport companies move these products about the world. We are honour bound to respect this chain and the resources that went to produce this food for us by using it for what it was intended – to nourish our bodies.
It is estimated that in conventional about 3 - 10 calories of energy (fossil fuels, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, etc) is used to create 1 calorie of food energy. Not a very sustainable system. Food production is very resource intensive and therefore has the corresponding level of environmental footprint.
Buying bulk is not necessarily the best option because good good food, like fresh produce, spoils quicker than processed foods. Purchase with usage and expiry dates in balance with real expectations. Instead of looking for the best buy and purchasing more than you require find good quality, organic, and/or local food that will provide you with the appropriate amount of food.
Some things to consider to reduce food waste:
Food waste that finally ends up in landfills (most organic waste – food wastes - in Edmonton are processed through their composting facility) where it usually breaks down through anaerobic decomposition and produces, as a byproduct methane. Methane has the greenhouse gas equivalency of about 23 times that of carbon dioxide. I strongly believe that organic waste in landfill is a wasted resource.
Earth’s General Store works on many fronts to reduce our food waste output:
Other ways that Earth’s General Store has always reduced its waste contribution:
Here is something to think about:
How can you help reduce your contribution to food waste?
Do your part in storing your fresh food correcting. Check out the article at Vegetarian Times for more details though I do have a problem with their statement “so toss any spoiled produce immediately”. Quite often a bruised or slightly spoiled item is only partly done for. Cut off the offending spoilage and enjoy the rest.
Of course one of the best ways to avoid creating waste and ensuring that you are getting some of the best food available is to grow and make it yourself (from scratch).
Today, Michael Kalmanovitch, owner of Earth’s General Store will be on CTVs Prime Time news program talking about food waste. A link will be posted when it becomes available.
So if you want to save money (up to 30%) on your grocery bill buy smaller quantities, store everything properly (and rotate products), and eat leftovers.
- Posted February 5th, 2013
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