Waste No Food: An Update V — A 12-Year-Old's "Waste No Meat Challenge"

by Katy on August 3, 2008 · 0 comments


My 12-year-old son likes to mock The Non-Consumer Advocate.

A lot

He and his little brother have an adorable bit where they pretend to fall asleep whenever I mention the word, “blog.”

Cute. My kids have narcolepsy. I get it.


His newest saying is:

“Mom puts the B.O. in blog.” 

(Uh oh. I may need to thicken my skin for the teenage years.)

His version of my Waste No Food Challenge first issued on May 25th is a:

Waste No Meat Challenge.

And he’s serious about this. He feels it’s tragic to kill an animal for its meat and then not even eat it.

This actually makes good sense.

We recently went out for dinner at a local barbeque joint that serves you cafeteria style. My 10-year-old was wavering about how many ribs he wanted. He first said six, and then changed his mind to get a three rib meal. The guy behind the counter took the three extra ribs off his plate, (which hadn’t been handed to him yet, and were still behind the counter) and threw them into the trash!

Even though my kids make high sport of my Non-Consumer ways, they do understand the importance of living a non-wasteful life.

Plus, they really like ribs.

They were in shock and awe that someone would be so blatant about food wastage.

My kids may think their mom is a bit freaky, but they do seem to be taking the true meaning of The Non-Consumer Advocate to heart.

They knew wrong when they saw it.

Now if I could only cure that pesky narcolepsy problem.

Want to read more about issues of food wastage?

Check out wastedfood.com.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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