One area that we might not automatically link with climate change is food and food waste...

LoveFoodHateWaste

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The  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 food poverty.

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 food.

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 training session. 

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 money.  Request the Food Waste Assistant for your website

 

 

FareShare Cymru

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.

FareShare 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.

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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 services.


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!