Carrot top pesto

If you’ve ever had carrots with their leafy tops still attached, you might not have realised that these herby-tasting sprouts are very edible and delicious when blitzed into a coarse pesto. They also pack a nice amount of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, fibre and even protein. I got a bunch ofContinue reading “Carrot top pesto”

WWF’s report on farm-level food waste

In July 2021, WWF published their report ‘Driven to Waste: The Global Impact of Food Loss and Waste on Farms‘. It added to the efforts of UNEP and the FAO to quantify how much food waste is made through supply chains, and help find solutions for Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. However, the definition of foodContinue reading “WWF’s report on farm-level food waste”

What can we do about food waste?

Food waste is a huge problem for our climate, land use, biodiversity and social justice. Thankfully, it is getting more attention than ever before, and now there are lots of opportunities to make a difference. Read up (with a critical eye) One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to halving the world’s foodContinue reading “What can we do about food waste?”

Best before, no more

Best before dates belong in the bin. “Best before” means that the food is at its prime before this date, but is still totally safe to eat afterwards. However, many people take this as a cue to throw it away. The “use by” dates are the ones that you need to take notice of. ButContinue reading “Best before, no more”

Food waste in UK politics – July 2021

I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In July 2021: The Earl of Caithness tabled an amendment written by me and Feedback to the Environment Bill Update: the amendment was debated but sadly withdrawn I’m beyond delighted that this amendmentContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – July 2021”

UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis

When I first saw the headline from the UNEP report that 931 million tonnes of food is wasted a year, I was happy! In 2011, an FAO report said it was 1.3 BILLION tonnes. But then I read closer – it was because the UNEP report did not include farm-level food waste. In all likelihood,Continue reading “UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis”

Why food waste is a feminist issue

I want to offer two disclaimers for this blog: firstly, it is entirely heteronormative and cis-centric. Food waste studies have only recently begun factoring in gender at all, let alone all the complexities and multifaceted experiences that come with gender and sexuality. Frustratingly there is also insufficient research into the intersection of race, class andContinue reading “Why food waste is a feminist issue”