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Footprint Forum: Food Poverty & Food Redistribution: Can foodservice be part of the solution? in association with innocent
September 21 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Across the EU 90m tonnes of food waste is created every year, whilst globally consumers are throwing away 222m tonnes of food per annum. Set this against a backdrop of a food poverty (food insecurity) crisis. In the UK 17% of adults, at any one time, are concerned about running out of food before more can be bought, whilst 8% of all adults (7% of all working adults) are food insecure.
More than 8 million people struggle to put enough food on the table, placing the UK at the bottom half of the European table behind Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia and Malta, only just ahead of Lithuania, Romania and Greece. Food insecurity, ironically, also has a direct correlation to other national crises; heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Beyond the notion of food banks, the subject is little discussed. Surely the answer is staring us in the face: food redistribution?
In 2014 the House of Lords EU Sub Committee published a report “Counting the Cost of Food Waste: EU Food Waste Prevention” urging mainly supermarkets to take action and redistribute food waste but largely the foodservice/out of home sector was overlooked. Foodservice alone creates 920,000 tonnes of food waste per year, of which a staggering 75% is avoidable. As an industry the out of home sector touches most lives in the UK in some way shape or form on a daily basis; be that in schools, universities, the staff restaurant or on the high street. There is thus little doubt that the industry could be part of a food redistribution solution.
Join us for an afternoon of debate to explore how your organisation could play a role and be part of a movement to resolve this national problem.