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Disco Soup – fighting food waste while having fun
2 years ago

Disco Soup – fighting food waste while having fun

By  •  Eye Witness

Raising awareness about an issue such as food waste can be a challenge – much like any other campaign calling on people to change their habits in order to address a social injustice or environment issue. But how do you get people to care about food needlessly going to waste – essentially about rotting fruit and veg?! And once people do become aware, you are faced with another, greater challenge – how do you get them to use that awareness and take action?
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Introducing OLIO – The Food Sharing Revolution?
2 years ago

Introducing OLIO – The Food Sharing Revolution?

By  •  Eye Witness

I’m Saasha, co-founder of OLIO, The Food Sharing Revolution. My business partner is Tessa, and together we are launching OLIO, a mobile app which connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses to exchange their edible surplus food.
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The Gleaning Network – Saving more apples from being wasted!
3 years ago

The Gleaning Network – Saving more apples from being wasted!

By  •  Eye Witness

With 20-40% of food produced on farms not actually fulfilling its destiny – being left to rot into the ground or on the trees upon which it was grown, rather than consumed by us humans, it raises real concerns about the sustainability and the impact of such a flawed system.
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The Gleaning Network – Saving Cauliflowers and Cabbages
3 years ago

The Gleaning Network – Saving Cauliflowers and Cabbages

By  •  Eye Witness

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.
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Dinner Exchange East – Catering for Plan Zheroes
3 years ago

Dinner Exchange East – Catering for Plan Zheroes

By  •  Eye Witness

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.
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The Gleaning Network: Reducing Food Waste on UK Farms
3 years ago

The Gleaning Network: Reducing Food Waste on UK Farms

By  •  Eye Witness

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?
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The Pig Idea: Behind the Scenes
3 years ago

The Pig Idea: Behind the Scenes

By  •  Eye Witness

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.
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The Dragon Cafe and Borough Market
3 years ago

The Dragon Cafe and Borough Market

By  •  Eye Witness

One of the great things about exploring a project such as this is that you learn a lot that you otherwise may not have been exposed to, and meet great people doing great things.
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Reduce, Redistribute, then Recycle
4 years ago

Reduce, Redistribute, then Recycle

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. Read More

Winnow: The Breakfast Club and Table Cafe
4 years ago

Winnow: The Breakfast Club and Table Cafe

The UK Food and Hospitality Sector wastes 1.3 billion meals annually. According to WRAP, the Waste and Resource Action Programme, that’s one in every six meals.

Imagine throwing away one square meal a day– every other day. Aside from the detrimental environmental and ethical implications, the monetary repercussions for the food and hospitality sector are immense.
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