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, and the FAOContinue reading “UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis”

Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets

Do we have the right food waste targets? Why does it matter? In my previous blog ‘What is food waste?’ I explored how food waste is defined, who comes up with the definitions, and what impact this could have on policy. Since then, I have read Feedback’s (strangely named) report “When there’s no waste, there’sContinue reading “Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets”

Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021

Image by Erin Chapman I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In December 2020 and January 2021: The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published it Sixth Carbon Budget on how the UK can reach net zero by 2050, including targetsContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021”

Food waste as art: Part 2

Can food waste be beautiful? This question was posed by a Your Story contributor and inspired the first blog on ‘Food waste as art’ back in September, where I explored how artists have captured the morbidly fascinating process of decay. It turns out that creating art from food waste is not a rare phenomenon, andContinue reading “Food waste as art: Part 2”

Food waste in UK politics – November 2020

I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In November 2020: The Environment Bill was on the agenda A couple of peers raised food waste in the House of Lords The Environment Bill Right now, the government have is pushing aContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – November 2020”

Food waste wonders at the V&A

Between May and October last year (2019) the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) held an exhibition called FOOD: Bigger than the Plate. As well as featuring sections around farming, trading and eating, the exhibition magically included the most interesting food waste showcase I’ve ever seen. I went to the exhibit with a myContinue reading “Food waste wonders at the V&A”

National Geographic: The End of Trash

By Robert Kunzig and Luca Locatelli I was so delighted when the National Geographic devoted its March 2020 issue to waste, including its front page spread and mesmerising images from Luca Locatelli. I actually found out about it from following Locatelli on Instagram, and immediately ran out to the newsagent to buy a copy. FoodContinue reading “National Geographic: The End of Trash”