Tackling food waste and food poverty

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Thousands of tonnes of perfectly edible fruit and vegetables are wasted in UK farms every year; either because they don’t meet strict retail cosmetic standards, or because of overproduction. Gleaning Network UK aims to save surplus produce that would have otherwise been wasted. For 1000 Euros we will rescue more than 15 tonnes of perfectly good food.

Tackling food waste and food poverty

Gleaning Network UK

Gleaning Network UK is a project run by the Feeding the 5000 campaign, founded by environmental campaigner Tristram Stuart, author of the seminal book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009). Feeding the 5000 is a campaign that aims to highlight the unimaginable levels of food waste in the UK and internationally and to promote its positive solutions.

Working with farms across the UK, we coordinate local volunteers, growers and food redistribution charities, to make sure that fresh and nutritious food is not wasted, but reaches the most vulnerable members of society. These crops can help feed thousands of people, but are instead being ploughed back into the land. With more than 5.8 million people living in poverty in the UK, this wasted food is a social and environmental liability; keeping people hungry, and putting pressure on scarce resources .We will highlight food wastage in order to raise awareness of the systemic problems in the global food supply chain that harm the livelihoods of farmers in Britain and internationally.

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