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(USA Today)   Hospitals now use food waste for garden mulch. Flowers are then eventually placed on the graves of the people who actually did eat the hospital food. Yes, it's the circle of life   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2012-10-27 12:47:35 PM  
I'd buy something like that if they scaled them down for home use and they were reasonably priced.
We end up throwing a lot of stuff out right now, mainly because we have small children that may or may not feel like eating at any given meal time.
 
2012-10-27 12:57:56 PM  
Traditionally, food waste is fed to pigs.

It might not be a good idea to give hospital waste to pigs because of the wide variety of germs found in hospitals and you wouldn't want the pigs to become breeders of the drug resistant varieties.

I wonder if there are laws against such practices and whether the partially eaten meals of some patients with nasty infections are classified as hazardous waste.
 
2012-10-27 01:28:23 PM  

buzzcut73: I'd buy something like that if they scaled them down for home use and they were reasonably priced.
We end up throwing a lot of stuff out right now, mainly because we have small children that may or may not feel like eating at any given meal time.


Why not start a compost heap in your back yard? It would be a great way to teach your kids about gardening and it would also eliminate the food waste issue. At that point it would become food for bacteria :P
 
2012-10-27 02:07:42 PM  

buzzcut73: I'd buy something like that if they scaled them down for home use and they were reasonably priced.


You do realize you can just throw food scraps in a pile and it becomes dirt, right? Composting ain't rocket surgery.
 
2012-10-27 02:31:43 PM  
They'd have to feed the flowers to mice, feed the mice to cats, skin the cats for fur which are made into slippers for the patients while feeding the rest to chickens to feed to the patients before they die before you get to go full circle there subby.
 
2012-10-27 04:46:37 PM  
Have they developed MRSA resistant weeds yet?
 
2012-10-27 05:13:45 PM  
Poor flowers.
 
2012-10-27 06:00:32 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Jeremy Bentham suggests that you also use the mortal remains of your patients for decoration.
 
2012-10-27 07:00:17 PM  
Doctor: You're not going to win this time, Death. Live, Dammit! Live you poor sod!
Nurse: It's been an hour, Doctor- let him go!
Doctor: (*gasping for breath*) You're right. (waves fist in air) Another day, Reaper! We shall MEET AGAIN!
Nurse: I'll just take this one down to the compost heap, then, shall I?
Doctor: Right. Off he goes. He'll come back to us soon- as a daisy, or a sweet smelling nasturtium.
 
2012-10-27 08:34:16 PM  

wildcardjack: [upload.wikimedia.org image 180x244]

Jeremy Bentham suggests that you also use the mortal remains of your patients for decoration.


Here's a better picture of him.

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2012-10-27 10:00:18 PM  

HairBolus: I wonder if there are laws against such practices and whether the partially eaten meals of some patients with nasty infections are classified as hazardous waste.


Probably not.
 
2012-10-28 12:15:24 AM  

fusillade762: HairBolus: I wonder if there are laws against such practices and whether the partially eaten meals of some patients with nasty infections are classified as hazardous waste.

Probably not.


If the dehydrator heats is up past a certain point, not a problem.
That and a half eaten meal wouldn't be regulated medical waste in the first place.

/regulated medical waste =/= hazardous waste
 
2012-10-28 03:26:17 AM  

buzzcut73: I'd buy something like that if they scaled them down for home use and they were reasonably priced.
We end up throwing a lot of stuff out right now, mainly because we have small children that may or may not feel like eating at any given meal time.


Increase the beatings!
 
2012-10-28 12:31:41 PM  

buzzcut73: I'd buy something like that if they scaled them down for home use and they were reasonably priced.
We end up throwing a lot of stuff out right now, mainly because we have small children that may or may not feel like eating at any given meal time.


They have them, it's called dog.
 
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