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Feeding the 5,000

December 15, 2009

Isn’t it astonishing that British consumers throw away roughly a quarter of the food we buy? Being a country bumpkin remote worker, I have only just heard of the experiment in Trafalgar Square tomorrow, 16th December, when Tristam Stuart, author of “Waste: Uncovering The Global Food Scandal” will be attempting to feed 5,000 people with food that otherwise would have been chucked out. Lunch and groceries will be free for anyone who goes along. The food has been donated by farms – and although of excellent quality would all be rejected by supermarkets for being “imperfect” ie. not of a certain size, shape or colour, as decreed desirable by supermarkets. Millions of tons of good food is apparently dumped in fields to rot – indeed, according to a recent report, farmers can expect between 20% and 40% of their fruit and vegetables to be rejected, which means that we have to import more of the same from abroad. How insane is this? Meanwhile, the giant cook-up in Trafalgar Square takes place tomorrrow, so for anyone who is not enjoying lunch at one of our Conference Centres tomorrow, it’s the place to be.

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