One area that we might not automatically link with climate change is food and food waste...
Love Food Hate Waste campaign highlights the negative
impact on the environment caused by over-producing and wasting food
- especially if it then ends up in landfill. In the UK, we throw
away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year,
the majority of which could have been eaten. If we stopped throwing
this good food away it would save the equivalent of at least 17
million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the same positive benefit as
taking 1 in every 4 cars off our roads. It would also save the
average household £60 a month and could be used to help address
The Love Food Hate Waste campaign website has tips for
individuals wanting to avoid food waste and also provides free
training sessions with tips around buying, storing and using
It also provides, the Love Food Hate
Waste - Save More training pack for those wanting to raise
awareness in their family, group or community. The pack includes
easy to use guides and activities and has been tried and tested
with community groups including
Swansea Community Farm with very positive feedback, and
provides step by step instructions for anyone to run their own
Your Food Waste Assistant
'Your Food Waste Assistant' offers a quick and easy way to
help you to reduce food waste. Use the online tool to tell LFHW the
last item of food you threw away, and access practical solutions
and tips to avoid wasting it next time. LFHW has information on how
to save over 600 food products, reducing your food waste and saving
Request the Food Waste Assistant for your website
Following the decisions in France and Belgium to make it illegal
for supermarkets to throw away edible food, there is growing
pressure for a similar law to be adopted in the UK.
Cymru works to fight food poverty by tackling
food waste. It takes surplus edible food from the food and drink
industry that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it
to organisations in Wales that feed people in need. This turns an
environmental problem into a social solution.
There are an estimated 200,000 people in food poverty in Wales.
If you are a charity or community group that is helping provide
food to people in need, you can apply to be aFareshare
Community member and receive supplies of surplus donated
food. Community members pay a fee depending on their size, which
helps cover the cost of operating the Fareshare depot and vans.
FareShare UK estimates that it saves each charity an average of
£13,000 a year, which can then be reinvested into vital support
Other community projects have made their own relationships with
retailers to take surplus food otherwise destined for landfill and
transform this into affordable and nutritious meals for the
community. One example is Transition
Bro Gwaun which currently prevents an average of 600 kilos
of food per month going to landfill - so making carbon savings of
21 tonnes per year.
It's Transition Cafe is also helping to strengthen the local
economy and build social capital through providing a community hub
for meetings and discussions as well as tasty meals!