Have to admit with all the emotion and strong opinion in this thread I was surprised to see it was sort of left for bad or dead etc.
Hope the thread has not reached it expiration date.
I think there was some great points raised here like FN being mostly entertainment, the beauty of their hosts is like most times in the eye of the beholder, if your looking to learn cooking skills there are better places etc, but more importantly when people put their heads together (that includes a few butts as well lol) there can be good outcomes, or at least ideas that come from it.
I do not think anyone would argue that America has become a country of "waste" and food is a big part of that waste. but I also believe that in order to reduce waste you first have to understand or learn of all the many other wastes that have also become a daily routine (disposable everything, too many non repairable items, etc) and the underlying cause(s).
Today our landfills are literally filled with items that in years past would have been re used or repaired. Shoes needing soles, coats and jackets with a rip or tear, old furniture needing some stain, newer furniture that had fallen apart from being so cheaply made, countless electric power tools that were replaced with cheaply made imports and then all the cheaply made imported tool etc, etc, etc.
It seems easy to me at least to just blame the consumer, and also this does not figure well as we need to give to much credit to the majority of consumers to be actually making their own decisions in the first place. Sure we all decide what we pick up in a grocery store etc, but the products and prices offered, and the knowledge relied on to make the decision was given to or chosen for all.
Much of this has evolved over more years than I have been around, but sometime during or over the last 100 or so years consumers in general have had a change in mindset from buying the best they could afford (AKA quality) and mostly all local to buying the least expensive or "cheapest" they can find no matter what part of the world it came from.
Somehow it seems during this same time our government and also businesses have greatly changed as well. Somehow while consumers had started looking for the cheapest and to spend the least government grew insanely and business was ever becoming more and more large corporate dominated.
I do not have the time or knowledge to get into details, but it seems somehow there is a connection to all the changes that have created what appears to be a greedy, cheap, and wasteful consumer, and I am pretty sure you will need to find a way to reverse some of the changes in order to reduce the waste.
It would also seem that in order to truly find what has driven the changes one would only need to follow the money trail.
I find it amazing how so many times you can find an answer to complicated problems involving important issues just by seeing who had gained the most from the changes or current conditions.
Since many have had great ideas that sound like they would help I believe this is a step closer etc, but from experience I know very well there is a long way to go in order for any of this to gain some roots and become large enough to make a difference.
Maybe the next logical step for those serious about reducing the waste is to start discussing how to implement any of it, and the pro's and con's of such.