Getting wasted with food waste

Last week I went to “The World’s Most Rubbish Bar” presented by Discarded Spirits Co., a company that turns food waste into alcoholic spirits. I was excited to see how parts of food that are normally thrown away could be made into something useful and delicious. As a disclaimer, I tried making notes on myContinue reading “Getting wasted with food waste”

Why might 120,000 pigs have to be wasted in the UK?

“This will haunt people for the rest of their lives.” Kate Moore, pig farmer in East Yorkshire Farmers in the UK are facing the prospect of slaughtering 120,000 healthy pigs because there are not enough workers in abattoirs (slaughterhouses) due to a Brexit-induced labour shortage. Around 80% of skilled butchers in the UK are fromContinue reading “Why might 120,000 pigs have to be wasted in the UK?”

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: I’m beyond delighted that this amendment has been tabled (see page 9 here). But why this amendment? There are five problems that this amendment addresses: 1) Although only 3% ofContinue 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”