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”

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”

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”