In this episode I’m speaking to Pete Loughins from SOS Northern Ireland’s Food Programme, which gathers food and other goods from supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste, …
At retail level alone, it is estimated that over 400,000 tonnes of perfectly edible food go to waste each year. Meanwhile 4 million people in the UK are affected by food poverty and over 500,000 people are reliant on emergency food provision.
Food waste has a huge environmental impact: if we stopped wasting food in the UK it would be the CO2 equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. Because of this our first aim should be to minimize the amount of food being wasted as much as possible and progress is definitely being made here: from innovative packaging to more intelligent systems for predicting how certain items will sell.
This was my first visit to a FoodCycle hub, and I didn’t really know what to expect. I had arranged to meet the Hub Leader at a Planet Organic in the Angel area of London, where they would be picking up ‘surplus’ food – how the industry likes to term food that is destined to be thrown away – so essentially food waste by another name.
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