The Gleaning Network, part of Feedback Global, is just one of the great initiatives documented for the Food Is project. The video shows work from 3 gleaning sessions – where on each occasion a dedicated team of volunteers came together to glean around 2-2.5 tonnes of fruit or veg.Watch the video
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Supermarkets imposing ridiculous and wholly unnecessary cosmetic standards are known to be one of the main causes of perfectly edible food going to waste at a farm level.
In a recent Telegraph article exploring the habits of those who seek out discounted food in supermarkets, and the financial benefits of doing so, there was a poll asking readers ‘Would you eat food after the ‘Best Before’ date had passed’. The results of which indicated that 16% of 12,000+ participants only ate food on or before this date, with 40% only eating food that was a few days past the date.
We are all conscious on some level of the amount of food we waste – edible or otherwise, within our own home, and aware that there is avoidable food waste generated by supermarkets and the wider, urban-based commercial, catering and hospitality sectors. But what about on the farms?
The first time I came across The Pig Idea was when they were serving up the pork they had produced, and were attempting to feed 5,000 people in Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.
It’s a great initiative that deserves a lot more attention and support in its attempts to lift an EU ban on feeding catering waste and swill to pigs.
This is due to supermarket imposed cosmetic standards, and other unfair practices
In this episode I am speaking to Hunter Halder, founder of the ReFood movement in Portugal. Hunter is originally from the US, but has lived in Lisbon for many years.
In the 5 years that ReFood has existed, it has gone from 1 volunteer to 4,000, and serving 2,500 people 46,000 meals in a month.
This first episode of the podcast – which was recorded just before Christmas, hence the references to Brussel sprouts and the festive season – introduces the work of Hannah McCollum who founded ChicP – a company that gathers food that would otherwise go to waste from local markets, and produces very tasty sweet and savoury hummus.
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