World Food Day
This year‟s World Food Day, October 16th 2013 is being celebrated worldwide as 1 in 8 people don‟t have enough food to stay healthy whilst an estimated 30 to 50 percent or 1.2 to 2 billion tonnes of all food produced wasted and goes to landfills instead of human stomach. However, excessive consumption by rich countries - which often wasted - has pushed food price globally and making grains less affordable to the majority poor part of the world. Eliminating the millions of tonnes of food thrown away annually in the US and UK could lift more than a billion people out of hunger worldwide, campaigners of the food waste told the Guardian.
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What happens in your fridge…
Food We Want (FWW) is a campaign to raise information, awareness and lobby to promote small-scale family farming and sustainable agri-food systems as a key solution to tackling hunger, as well as addressing poverty and environmental degradation. Funded by the European Union, it is taking place in eight countries (Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania).
Likewise, our massive support to World Food Day is emanates from engaging communities and policy makers to raise their awareness on the issues of food security, hunger and poverty as we are working in the mentioned eight countries of Europe and Africa where we work and beyond.
Our theme for this year‟s World Food Day is “What happens in your fridge?” FWW has launched a video spot to stimulate action and discussion on food losses for the World Food Day. This video addressed a message to everyone who buys food basically more than s/he consumes and partially contributing to the millions of tonnes of food thrown away. Very common among the EU and US food consumers - is shopping more food stuffs while there is already more food to be consumed in their fridge. There are also common happenings of forgotten food - shoved to the back of the fridge and would end up rotten there. It is also very usual to see some of „eat me now‟ and fresh foods – like leftovers and slightly soft vegetables kept hidden somewhere in the fridge not easily visible.
FWW advocates that by organising your fridge and keeping your fridge in the correct temperature you can cut down food waste. WRAP recent studies show that by having your fridge at the right temperature - between 0°C and 5°C - it can help preserve food for longer. By having your fresh food at the top of the fridge rather than hidden away in the bottom drawer you can reduce your food waste dramatically. The Rubbish Diet community also advocates this simple idea among others as best practice of looking at your fridge to cut waste.
Do you know?
Almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. According to UK Love Food, Hate Waste we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten. Hence FWW urges you to get ready now in the wake of World Food Day to take revolutionary action in looking at ‘what is happening in your fridge?’ and aim to never throw food again. Your individual support to the theme can save the globe a lot.
A recent report by the Tesco chain of stores stated that they threw a large quantity of food away. The following commentary by Tesfaldet Okubayes, one of PENHA's staff, can be accessed on the Food We Want website and is worth reading.
This Project is funded by European Union.
Press Release London, 16 October 2013
Food We Want is a European Union funded project launched in the UK in March 2012. It is a joint project with partners from UK, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya. It campaigns to inform, raise awareness and lobby in the UK and Africa to promote small-scale family farming and sustainable agri-food systems as a key solution to tackling hunger and poverty.