Around a third of edible food is wasted, in a world where people go hungry and where food sent to landfill adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Cambridge Sustainable Food is supporting the year-long Love Food Hate Waste campaign spearheaded by the Cambridge City Council Recycling Team in 2015/16. (The campaign will start in April 2015 and continue until March 2016.) There will be number of events, some run by the council team and some by other organisations concerned with food waste. The campaign planning team is led by Rebecca Weymouth-Wood of the City Council, with representatives from other groups such as Food Cycle, Transition Cambridge Food Group and Cambridge Carbon Footprint. (CCF have already organised a high-profile talk as part of this campaign: Tristram Stuart will be speaking about the scandal of food waste at the Centre at St Paul’s on Thursday May 21st as part of the Eat Cambridge Festival. Food Cycle will be providing delicious dishes made from food that would otherwise be wasted and there will be stalls and short presentations from other food waste organisations, including the council. Tristram Stuart is a high-profile food waste campaigner (see his TED talk and read his brilliant book Waste: uncovering the global food scandal and find out about the food waste campaigns he initiated. Other events: there will also be cookery demonstrations for using up left-over food. as well as plenty of Rock Abundance swap stalls during the growing season. The council’s Recycling Champions will be at many community events throughout the summer with recipe cards, food waste quizzes and give-aways such as compost caddies.
Cambridge Sustainable Food will be running another high-profile stall at the Eat Cambridge Festival Food Fair on May 23rd, with food waste as a main focus. We will be devising a short food-waste questionnaire to use at our stalls throughout the year (following the success of our food shopping questionnaire this year). During the summer there will be a high-profile media campaign about food waste – one of the suggestions so far is to have punts loaded with colourful fruit and veg to represent the amount of food wasted in Cambridge. If you have suggestions for events, would like to volunteer, either as an individual or an organisation or could help with the publicity campaign, please contact Rebecca Weymouth-Wood (Rebecca.Weymouth-Wood@cambridge.gov.uk).