FareShare South West involved with “Feed Cardiff” event during October 2010

November 11, 2010

On Saturday 9th October, shoppers in Cardiff City Centre got more than they bargained for – a free, freshly cooked meal and some food for thought about making farming more sustainable. The event – ‘Feed Cardiff’ – was organised by the Cardiff Food Alliance, a partnership between the Cardiff Transition Project, Cardiff Friends of the Earth and FareShare South West.

500 passers-by were fed a nutritious meal made from “waste-food”, items that are perfectly good to eat, but that are wasted because they haven’t been sold in supermarkets

Each year in the UK we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of edible food – if that food wasn’t wasted the carbon emissions saved would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.[1] By putting the food to good use, ‘Feed Cardiff’  raised awareness of the amount of edible food that is wasted every day, and encouraged people to waste less food themselves.

As well as providing a hot meal, Feed Cardiff promoted the Friends of the Earth campaign for a Sustainable Livestock Bill. This is a new law that will reduce the environmental impact of meat and dairy production, and move government subsidies away from intensive, factory farms and on to supporting more sustainable ways of farming. FareShare South West donated food for the event that was intercepted before it reached landfill sites – by working with the food industry FareShare South West collects and delivers within the region of 30 tonnes of food per month, the equivalent to 71,000 meals to the most vulnerable people in our society.

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