Tackle food waste

Put in place strategies for preventing food being wasted. For example, extend and expand existing arrangements for collecting and sharing food that would otherwise be thrown away. Encourage all food outlets to be pro-active in sending left-over products to a central depot for distribution to food banks and other registered recipients. Encourage everyone to capitalise on the 2 for 1 offers in supermarkets by taking the extra one and giving it to someone who needs it.

Why the contribution is important

It is unacceptable for usable food to be thrown away while a) we have people literally on the breadline and b) we have an increasing problem with obesity. Bristol could lead the way on this and provide an example to other cities.

by user744259 on November 21, 2013 at 10:47AM

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  • Posted by user734334 November 23, 2013 at 14:56

    Doubt that this would work and supermarkets are already virtually giving food away that is close to the sell by date. Tip: best time to go shopping is between 6 and 7 pm as that's the time they are marking the items down and you can grab yourself some excellent bargains!
  • Posted by user206080 December 09, 2013 at 15:14

    I have friends who work in both hospital and school kitchens. I'm told about the tonnes of perfectly good food which is thrown away.
    Meals are made and are presented on hot trays but if the food is not eaten in couple of hours it get's tipped in the bin!!
    Why does legislaton state that this food cant be re-used? I know lots of people who would happily eat it.
    Think of the people who are starving - the homeless and the families using food banks! The government has very little foresight.

  • Posted by user932309 December 11, 2013 at 15:50

    FareShare are already doing much of this work in partnership with others including the Gleaning Network. I'm sure they'd be interested to discuss how their work can be best supported.

    To my mind the problem is how to prevent the waste from occurring in the first place. This requires looking at the malfunctioning of our whole profit based, short term system.

    Greater food sovereignty - meaning local control of production, distribution and consumption is the heart of the solution here.
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