The war on wonky: how cosmetic standards create mountains of food waste

In 2007, food campaigner Tristram Stuart visited M. H. Poskitt Carrots which supplied carrots to Asda. What he saw shocked him: carrots were continually discarded for not being the right size or shape, being broken, having a cleft or blemish, or not being the perfect colour. One of the most outrageous reasons for rejecting themContinue reading “The war on wonky: how cosmetic standards create mountains of food waste”

Heart-shaped potatoes and leggy carrots: wonky food in Tunisia is just food

Story by @greenmuhajirahImage by Erin Chapman | @erins_illustrations Having emigrated to (semi-rural) Tunisia, a country quite different from my home of the Netherlands, it’s interesting to observe not only how people have different culinary traditions, but how locals’ experience of food affects their attitude towards waste. In Tunisia, there are very few convenience foods, noContinue reading “Heart-shaped potatoes and leggy carrots: wonky food in Tunisia is just food”

Hidden waste on farms in the UK: new report by WWF and Tesco

A new report by WWF called ‘Hidden Waste: The Scale and Impact of Food Waste in Primary Production’ shows the extent of food waste in primary production in the UK (which means where food is grown and harvested like on farms and in fisheries). It follows their report from June 2021 in which they assessContinue reading “Hidden waste on farms in the UK: new report by WWF and Tesco”

Food waste in hospitality: ‘The pub taught me that sustainability is joy’

Story by Natalie Pearson | @foodwastestoriesImage by Erin Chapman | @erins_illustrations ‘I’ve always loved nature and I’ve always loved food, but then when you watch something like Planet Earth… I’ve got angry and I’ve mourned about what the world’s doing… and then I’ve come the other side going… you’ve actually got to positively harness that energyContinue reading “Food waste in hospitality: ‘The pub taught me that sustainability is joy’”

Make businesses report their food waste

This consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who filled it in! Currently, businesses do not have to report how much food they waste. They can waste as much food as they want without being held accountable. But that might soon change! The government is consulting on new policy that will make food wasteContinue reading “Make businesses report their food waste”

National Food Strategy: tackling food waste is low-hanging fruit

Four years ago, Henry Dimbleby, the co-founder of Leon, was asked by the government to carry out a review of the food system, particularly looking at the accessibility of healthy food and the impact of the food system on the environment. Two weeks ago, the government finally responded to the review in a policy paper.Continue reading “National Food Strategy: tackling food waste is low-hanging fruit”

Curating household food waste

‘6.7 Million Tonnes: We’ve Bin Through A Lot’ by Faustine Pallez-Beauchamp, Pauline Tristani, Andrea Arteaga Ruiz, Weiqi Li, Yijie Cai, Vikas Garg and Sih-Ting Lin. “We discovered a whole world of food waste through curating this exhibition.” Faustine Pallez-Beauchamp is from France, doing an Erasmus year in the Curating Masters at the University of Essex.Continue reading “Curating household food waste”

Pulp fiction? What Oatly, Califia and Alpro do with their oat milk by-product

We are living in the age of oat milk. Recent research found that in the UK, oat milk has overtaken almond milk as the No. 1 plant-based alternative to dairy, with £146m spent on the drink in 2020, doubling from £74m in 2019. It is likely that the number for 2021 will be even higher.Continue reading “Pulp fiction? What Oatly, Califia and Alpro do with their oat milk by-product”