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13 August

French Lawmakers are trying to make it illegal for big supermarkets to throw away food


Plan to make stores give unsold food to charity

Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

63 MP‚Äôs from across party lines have joined together to propose a bill to fight against food waste in France. ¬†Describing consumption as the scourge of our society, ‚Äúfl√©au de notre soci√©t√© de consommation,‚ÄĚ the elected officials proposed to stop allowing each French supermarket to throw out an average of 200 tonnes of food every year. ¬†The bill, would force supermarkets over 1000m¬≤ to donate unused food to redistribution charities such as food banks. ¬†The measure if passed will be an important step against curbing the more than 90 million tonnes of food wasted every year across the EU.

Read The Telegraph Article Here:

28 July

First Disco Veggie in Japan

Feeding the 5k is super excited to have collaborated with Slow Food Youth Network Tokyo on a #DiscoVeggie to combat #Foodwaste. ¬†¬†More than 130 kilograms of food that otherwise would have been wasted were rescued, prepared and shared among about 300 participants at Koenji Station on July 21, 2014. ¬†¬†Over 40 volunteers and members of the public came together to wash, peel, chop and cook fresh but unwanted fruit and vegetables that would otherwise have been discarded: blemished broccoli, supersized zucchini, excess onions, peppers, celery, cucumbers, mushrooms and other top quality produce coming from local farmers. The meal was prepared and distributed for free at the sound of music provided by DJs, encouraging a dance celebration while the community worked to organize tasting activities and with excess ‚Äėgroceries‚Äô given away to participants.

(photographs by Minli Wu)




1 July

Tristram Stuart announced as National Geographic Emerging Explorer

English author and historian Tristram Stuart poses on July 10, 2012 in Paris. Stuart will release on French chanel Canal + a documentary film entitled "Global gachis" (global waste) on food waste.


The National Geographic Society has selected its 2014 class of Emerging Explorers.¬†Feeding the 5000’s founder Tristram Stuart has been chosen among a group of 14 visionary, young trailblazers from around the globe whose innovative ideas and accomplishments are making a significant difference in the world. ¬†

Tristram’s worldwide work documenting and exposing food waste¬†shows how solving the food waste scandal is one of the simplest ways to reduce pressure on the environment.¬†

Read Tristram’s¬†National Geographic Profile

National Geographic Q+A with Tristram 

Read more about Emerging Explorers

14 May

The Disco Revolution Against Food Waste hits Bulgaria

The revolution against food waste comes to Bulgaria this week where the country’s¬†first ever Disco Soup will be taking place in Sofia on the 17th of May at 5pm.¬†The Disco Soup is being organised in association with the Bulgarian Food Bank and will be highlighting the delicious and fun solutions to the food waste crisis.¬†

The next day Feeding the 5000 founder Tristram Stuart will be giving a TED talk at TEDxBG 

For more information visit

8 May

We Are BBC Food and Farming Award Winners!

imageOur three campaigns:¬†Feeding the 5000, The Pig Idea and Gleaning Network UK are¬†honoured to have been selected as winners of the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award for Best Initiative in British Food. You can listen to the entire awards show here. Feeding the 5000 is on at 37 minutes.

We would like to extend a tremendous thank you to our thousands of volunteers whom without it would not have been possible. 

Our three campaigns are truly humbled as other nominees included the fantastic Community Shop, a social supermarket offering surplus food, advice and training to people on benefits at very low cost. Community Shop uniquely combines environmental, social and business objectives to tackle food waste, food poverty and getting people out of the poverty trap. 

Sainsbury was also nominated for their important leadership and work in sustainable fish sourcing. 


Since their beginnings, Feeding the 5000, The Pig Idea and Gleaning Network UK have been working hard to tackle the global food waste scandal. As founder, Tristram Stuart pointed out during the awards ceremony last week, “Feeding the 5000 is being adopted as a way of launching national food waste campaigns in lots of different countries.¬† It has become a global movement and given everyone the realization that we have the power to change the food system.”¬†


Thanks again to all those who have supported us. We look forward to continuing our work toward putting a stop to global food waste. 

8 May

The Food Waste Revolution Hits Dusseldorf


We are please to announce we will be collaborating tonight with local food waste activists at Slow Food Youth Network Dusseldorf, Foodsharing and Taste of Heimat on the Schnippeldisko at 6:00 PM. There will be chopping, as well as sharing and eating the delicious food that would otherwise have gone to waste, all to the BEET of party music. To find out more visit the Facebook link here. 


Feeding the 5000 is also delighted to be a part of the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s two-day SAVE FOOD Congress, which kicked off on 7 May in Dusseldorf.  Together with stakeholders from across the sector, including our partners at EU FUSIONS, the congress is showcasing solutions to combat global food waste. 

In the photo above, Tristram Stuart discusses food waste on farms, feeding pigs and solutions that go beyond packaging. For lunch, we  served up a delicious meal for all participants and visitors of the congress made from fresh, top-quality  food that would otherwise have gone to waste. The lunch was even broadcast on German television. Watch Managing Director Niki Charalampopoulou on ARD1 here. 

The Congress is proving a great opportunity to showcase the delicious solutions to food waste to a wide range of high profile delegates and decision makers. Find out more here.

16 April

Eat-In! Bristol


Together with the Sustainable Food Trust and Slow Food International, we will be taking a stab out of food waste at Eat-In! Bristol on Monday 5th May from 12pm-4pm. The Eat-in, a spontaneous public pot-luck dinner, will celebrate the values of good, clean and fair food for all. The meal will feature fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste from The Gleaning Network UK. Every year, the Gleaning Network UK saves tonnes of fresh fruits and vegetables that are wasted on UK farms, mainly because they do not match strict cosmetic standards set by food retailers.

The event will gather farmers, food producers, chefs, press and a hungry public to share a meal together, listen to world-class guest-speakers, and share ideas, thoughts, projects and plans that will among other things, contribute to putting a stop to global food waste. If you are interested in joining please bring a contribution such as a dish, jar of jam, veg from your plot or anything else that you feel tells a story of your relationship to food.

More information about the event can be found here.

To confirm your reservation please go to the Eventbrite here. 

If you can bring produce, cook, speak, sing or volunteer on the day, please contact or call her on 07828700241. 

9 April

Race Against Waste

Giving food waste a run for its money!

Edd Colbert, the former campaign coordinator for The Pig Idea, has recently launched a new campaign to highlight the nutritional value of food that is thrown away across the world. To do so he is training for the Leeds Half Marathon and will be fuelling himself completely on food that would have otherwise been wasted. 
Whether he’s out bin-diving or setting up relationships with local grocers to collect their surplus food in Leeds, he’ll be documenting his movements on Facebook¬†and Twitter with photo and video updates.
The race doesn’t stop there though! Edd is looking for more runners to get involved to help fight food waste and fundraise for various food waste initiatives around the country. If you fancy living off food waste and getting fit at the same time then drop him an email at¬†
Edd is also fundraising for The Real Junk Food Project in Leeds and you can sponsor him via the Project’s Indiegogo campaign here. Simply donate and leave a comment saying “I’m giving food waste a run for its money!”
2 April

Feeding the 5000 in Brussels!


On 1.4.14 Feeding the 5000 held a hugely successful event in Brussels at the Marché Aux Herbes near the Grand Place. Together with our partners we served up over 6,000 delicious lunches all made from ingredients that otherwise would have gone to waste to highlight the positive solutions to the global food waste scandal.  

¬†Here’s a look at the day in photos by¬†Julie Feyaerts.¬†




You can view more photos on our Facebook page. 

Following the event on 2.4.14, Feeding the 5000 attended the¬†European Parliament‚Äôs Sustainable Food Conference to discuss the Commission’s imminent food policy and what needs to be done to tackle the global food waste scandal.¬†

A heartfelt thank you for a great event to all our partners at: 11.11.11, The Belgian Federation of Food Banks, The Center for Research and Information for the Consumer Organisations (CRIOC), Disco Soupe, EU FUSIONS, Eurotoques, Green up Film Festival, Komosie,Velt,  Oxfam, Slow Food, Slow Food Youth Network, and Social Groceries Flanders.

27 March

Feeding the 5000 Brussels

Less than a week to go! Help stop global food waste. Enjoy a free lunch made from ingredients that otherwise would have gone to waste on 1.4.14 in Brussels. Spread the word. 

26 March

Watch Global Waste and Vote in the Green Up Film Festival

Less than a week until Feeding the 5000 Brussels. We’ll be serving up a delicious lunch from ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, including veg from the global South.‚Ä®‚Ä®Keen to learn more about the global food waste scandal before our big event?

The Green Up Film Festival is hosting the trailer to our documentary Global Waste. The film looks at fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, fish, grains and ready-made meals, travelling from Europe to Costa Rica, with stops in Pakistan, the United States and Japan. Viewers are introduced to key players throughout the food system including: producers, industrialists, distributors and consumers. We see distressing examples of waste, but also inspiring innovations and solutions for making the most of the food we produce.

Watch it here and vote for it afterwards. If our film gets enough votes it will be screened as part of their next film festival in April.

And don’t forget to spread the word about Feeding the 5000 Brussels on 1.4.14.¬†

20 March

Feeding the 5000 is Coming to Brussels!


Click here for French poster

Click here for Flemish poster

We are delighted to announce that Feeding the 5000 is coming to Brussels where we will be serving up a delicious lunch made entirely from fresh food that would otherwise go to waste to over 5000 people in order to highlight the global food waste scandal and the available solutions.

Feeding the 5000 Brussels is bringing together an alliance of organisations at all levels to raise awareness of the scale of food waste in Belgium, the EU and globally and promote the solutions which exist.  On the 1st of April 2014 we will provide a delicious free feast for thousands of members of the public, sourced entirely from fresh, top-quality produce that would otherwise go to waste, including misshapen potatoes, wonky carrots and oversized aubergines. It will be a spectacular public celebration of the positive, win-win solutions to food waste. 

Feeding the 5000 Brussels and its surrounding campaign are being organised  partnership with Feeding the 5000 and a range of organisations working to tackle food waste in Belgium and internationally. These include EU FUSIONS, the Federation of Belgian Food Banks, Oxfam, Slow Food, Slow Food Youth Network Brussels, Disco Soupe Brussels, 11.11.11., CRIOC, Velt, KOMOSIE and Social Groceries Flanders, as well as the Flemish Minister for Poverty Reduction.

The event is being supported by WWF, Food Sharing and Food for Life Global.

Feeding the 5000 Brussels needs volunteers! If you want to help chop the vegetables, spread the word or help out in any other way, please fill in the form:


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Facebook: Feeding5000

Twitter: @feeding5k


Fill Bellies not Bins! 


Feeding the 5000 zal voor meer dan 5000 mensen een overheerlijke lunch serveren, volledig samengesteld uit vers voedsel dat anders verloren zou gaan, om het wereldwijde schandaal van de voedselverspilling en de voorhanden zijnde oplossingen in de schijnwerper te zetten.

Feeding the 5000 Brussel is een verbond van organisaties op alle niveaus die samenwerken om het bewustzijn van de hoeveelheid voedselverspilling in Belgi√ę, de EU en op wereldschaal te verbeteren en de bestaande oplossingen te promoten. Op 1 april 2014 zullen wij¬†duizenden burgers een lekker feestmaal aanbieden, volledig gebaseerd op verse producten van topkwaliteit die anders weggegooid zouden worden,¬†inclusief raar gevormde aardappelen, wortelen met vreemde kronkels en reusachtige aubergines. Het wordt een spectaculair volksfeest dat zal uitgaan van positieve win/win-oplossingen tegen de voedselverspilling. Feeding the 5000 heeft al evenementen georganiseerd in andere steden zoals Londen, Parijs en Amsterdam, en daarmee op nationaal niveau acties tegen het voedsel¬≠verspillingsschandaal op gang gebracht.

Feeding the 5000 Brussel en de hele campagne errond worden georganiseerd door een partnerschap van Feeding the 5000¬†en een hele resem organisaties die de voedselverspilling in Belgi√ę en op internationaal vlak effectief willen aanpakken. Onder de partners vinden we o.a.¬†de Federatie van Belgische Voedselbanken, Oxfam, Slow Food, Slow Food Youth Network Brussels, Disco Soupe Brussels, Velt, KOMOSIE, het OIVO,¬†11.11.11. en Sociale Kruidenier Leuven.

Het evenement wordt ondersteund door het Vlaams Minister vanArmoedebestrijding.

Strijd mee tegen de voedselverspilling!


Feeding the 5000 servira un délicieux lunch pour plus de 5000 personnes, composé d’aliments frais qui autrement auraient été perdus. Une manière de dénoncer le scandale mondial du gaspillage alimentaire et de prouver que  que des solutions existent.

Feeding the 5000 Bruxelles est une alliance d’organisations à tous les niveaux qui collaborent pour améliorer la conscience de l’envergure du gaspillage alimentaire en Belgique, dans l’UE et dans le monde, et pour promouvoir les solutions qui existent. Le 1er avril 2014, nous offrirons à des milliers de personnes un repas festif et gourmand, entièrement basé sur des produits frais de qualité qui autrement seraient jetés : des pommes de terre déformées, des carottes tordues et de toutes les tailles, des aubergines gigantesques. Ce sera un spectacle populaire, partant d’un esprit positif et de solutions gagnant/gagnant pour le gaspillage alimentaire. Feeding the 5000 a déjà organisé des événements dans d’autres villes, à savoir Londres, Paris et Amsterdam, pour y lancer au niveau national des actions contre le scandale du gaspillage alimentaire.

Feeding the 5000 Bruxelles et sa campagne sont organisées par un partenariat entre Feeding the 5000 et toute une série d’organisations qui s’efforcent d’agir  au quotidien contre le gaspillage alimentaire en Belgique et dans le monde. Parmi les partenaires, on retrouve notamment la Fédération des Banques alimentaires de Belgique, Oxfam, Slow Food, Slow Food Youth Network Brussels, Disco Soupe Bruxelles, Velt, KOMOSIE, le CRIOC, 11.11.11., et Social Groceries Flanders.

L’événement est soutenu par le Ministre flamand de la Lutte contre la Pauvreté

Venez rejoindre la lutte contre le gaspillage alimentaire!

20 March

Brussels Gleaning

Leeks, leeks everywhere, but these were all to big (according to strict retail cosmetic standards that is)! 

In the lead up to Feeding the 5000 Brussels on 1 April, our amazing volunteers gleaned nearly 200kg of organic leeks from a farm near Brussels. In just a few hours, they rescued and delivered these fine leeks to the Brussels Food Bank, to then be distributed to people in need. Without these terrific gleaners, the tasty leeks would have been ploughed straight back in the ground because they were too big for retail specifications. 

In the UK alone the Gleaning Network has saved over 48000 kg of food from being wasted. Feeding the 5000 events are catalysing gleaning activities not only in Belgium, but also around Europe in France, Spain, the Netherlands and more!¬†

You can see more photos from the day by Kristina Marijanovic on our Facebook page.

13 March, 2014

Forks Out as Cork Gets Ready to Feed the City

On Saturday, 15 March, our friends behind Feeding the 5000 Dublin, will be in Cork serving up 5,000 delicious free lunches made from ingredients that would of otherwise gone to waste. image

3 March, 2014

Feeding the 5000 are BBC Food & Farming Awards finalists!

We are delighted to announce that Feeding the 5000 is one of 3 finalists, drawn from over 6000 nominations for the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Best British Food Initiative; our friends at Company Shop are one of the others. 

The award is for ”a¬†specific idea or initiative that‚Äôs making a positive difference to how and what Britain eats, and is showing the industry the way forward.”

All three of our campaigns were nominated: 

”All three campaigns ‚Äď Feeding the 5000, Gleaning Network and The Pig Idea are about big ideas and big action to change the supply chain in favour of low-waste food production and consumption.”

We’re thrilled to be finalists and want to thank all our partners, volunteers and supporters for making our work possible and helping to spread the revolution against food waste!¬†

29 January, 2014

Big retailers announce they will report in store food waste data

A few months ago, we challenged Tesco to publicly declare the amount of food that they waste, something that supermarkets in the UK and around the world had been for years refusing to do.¬†Tesco responded to our challenge¬†and for the first time¬†published their food waste data audited by a third party, including some figures from their supply chain.¬†We believed that if Tesco took this step, it wouldn’t be long before their competitors followed suit. Today, other supermarkets including Sainsbury‚Äôs, Waitrose, Asda, Coop and Marks & Spencer¬†have announced they will do the same by regularly reporting how much food they waste in their stores from 2015.

All this is undoubtedly a great step forward and a clear sign that public pressure is working. However, it is obviously not enough: food wasted in supermarket stores is only a small part of the picture. Owing to their market power, retailers are responsible for food wasted not only in their own shops but also in the farms, packhouses and factories that supply them with the food they sell.

Being transparent about how much food is wasted across the food industry is the first step in acknowledging the problem and finding out the amazing opportunities that lie in reducing food waste. We want food businesses to commit to taking urgent and tangible action against food waste, not only in their own operations but across their supply chains.

Fill Bellies, Not Bins!

Earlier today it was reported that three people are being charged with ‘stealing’ food from a supermarket bin in North London.¬† It‚Äôs not the first time a case like this has appeared in the media both in the UK and elsewhere. Many might remember the story of Sacha Hall who was charged with theft in 2011 for taking food from a Tesco bin. Perhaps a more famous case internationally is that of Steven De Geynst, also known as the ‚ÄėMuffin Man‚Äô, who in March 2010 was arrested and convicted to 6 months of imprisonment (a decision later reversed in the court of appeal), after having taken two bags of muffins from a bin outside a supermarket in Belgium.

In most Western societies, taking food from a bin destined for landfill can be prosecuted as a crime. The hypocrisy that this reveals is that good food is wasted daily in unimaginable quantities while the world’s valuable natural resources are becoming scarcer and billions of people are hungry both at home and in poorer countries. Skipping is not the solution to food waste nor to food poverty. But fresh, edible food should not be found in bins in the first place. Producing and buying more food than we need should be avoided. And when surplus does occur, it should be redistributed in a safe and hygienic manner to those who need it.

The UK Crown Prosecution Service insists that the case of the three men must go ahead, because “there is significant public interest in prosecuting them”. But when food businesses waste food, they take away from the planet’s valuable and rapidly diminishing natural reserves and locking them up in skips. One could argue that the unfairness of this action causes much more harm to the public interest than taking food that would have been wasted out of a bin to feed yourself.¬†

In the seventeenth century, the philosopher John Locke argued that if someone took more food than they needed and let it go to waste, ‚Äúhe took more than his share, and robbed others.‚ÄĚ If, on the other hand, he consumed, traded, or even gave away his surplus food ‚Äúhe did no injury; he wasted not the common stock; destroyed no part of the portion of goods that belonged to others, so long as nothing perished uselessly in his hands.‚ÄĚ

Today’s story is a small example of what affluent societies do on a global scale. A third of the world’s food is being wasted. We take up the land, water and other common resources of the planet to grow more and more food that no one eats. This is exactly what John Locke warned against a few hundred years ago. According to him, this annuls our right to possess both the land and the food grown on it.

Today’s food waste news stories are a great opportunity for the public to tell UK retailers that we want the practice of wasting food to stop. Fill Bellies Not Bins! 

19 December, 2013

Feeding the 4200 in Marseille!

A triumphant Feeding the 5000 event took place in Marseille last month, filling 4,200 hungry French bellies instead of bins. Here’s a little look at what went on…

‚ÄėTreize evenements‚Äô organized the ‚ÄėBanquet des 5000 Marseille‚Äô, which took place on the 23rd of November on the beautiful Vieux Port in the city‚Äôs centre. The event acted as a catalyst for the bloom of the anti-food waste movement within the city.

Feeding the 5000 was joined by ‘La Tente des Glaneurs’ and ‘De Mon Assiete a Notre Planete’. La Tente des Glaneurs or ‘The Gleaners‚Äô Tent‚Äô is a group that gleans fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted from markets at the end of the day and provides it to those in need at the very marketplace where it was collected. The event acted as the launch for the organization‚Äôs new regional Marseille hub.


‚ÄėDe Mon Assiete a Notre Plan√®te‚Äô is an organization that aims to raise awareness about food waste and nutritional problems in elementary and high schools by educating children about the existing issues and showcasing practical reduction techniques.


Disco Soupe Marseille, one of France‚Äôs numerous Disco Soupe groups was there, with dancing and live music group ‚ÄúLes Batucada‚ÄĚ in full swing. Dozens of volunteers helped peel, chop and mix fruit into a delicious salad made from otherwise wasted ingredients donated by local supermarkets.


The Feeding the 5000 team, along with local volunteers cooked up a meal made from food provided by regional distribution centers, which would otherwise have been binned. The vegetables would have been thrown away because they were too big, too small or generally too ‚Äúunusual‚ÄĚ, while the rice was past its expiration date (but still perfectly safe to eat) and therefore unsellable.


The result was a delicious spicy vegetable curry, complemented by poppadums, which stunned the Marseille public, as they aren’t a very common occurrence in France.


Poverty and food insecurity are extremely prevalent in Marseille, making the case for food waste reduction and proper redistribution all the more important in this French city. The necessary ingredients of motivated individuals with a willingness to act are definitely present in this beautiful city, so last month’s Banquet des 5000 was surely only the beginning of their fight against food waste.


A massive thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that helped pull off the event, as well as all participating organizations!


Un triomphant Banquet des 5,000 triomphant a eu lieu √† Marseille le mois dernier, avec le remplissage de 4,200 ventres affam√©s au lieu de poubelles. Voici un petit coup d’oeil √† ce qui s’est pass√© …

Treize Evenements a organis√© le Banquet des 5000 Marseille, qui a eu lieu le 23 Novembre sur le magnifique Vieux Port en centre ville. L’√©v√©nement a catalys√© la fleur du mouvement anti-d√©chets alimentaires dans la ville .

Feeding the 5000 a √©t√© rejoint par les groupes indig√®nes, ‚ÄėLa Tente des Glaneurs‚Äô et ‚ÄėDe Mon Assi√®te a notre Plan√®te‚Äô . La Tente des Glaneurs est un groupe qui glane des produits frais qui serait autrement gaspill√©e sur les march√©s √† la fin de la journ√©e et fournit √† ceux qui en ont besoin au march√© m√™me o√Ļ ils ont √©t√© recueillis. L’√©v√©nement a agi comme le lancement d’une nouvelle plateforme √† Marseille r√©gionale.

'De Mon Assiète un Notre Planete' est une organisation qui vise à sensibiliser sur le gaspillage alimentaire et d’autres issus nutritionnelles dans les écoles primaires et dans les collèges par l'éducation des enfants sur les problèmes et en présentant des moyens pratiques de réduction.

Disco Soupe Marseille, l’un des nombreux Disco Soupes¬† Francais √©tait pr√©sent, avec un groupe de danse et de musique “Les Batucada ” en plein essor. Des dizaines de b√©n√©voles ont peler, hacher et m√©langer les fruits pour produire une d√©licieuse salade √† base d’ingr√©dients autrement gaspill√©s, qui ont √©t√©s offerts par des supermarch√©s locaux .

Notre √©quipe, avec l‚Äôaide des b√©n√©voles locaux ont concoct√© un repas √† base de nourriture fournie par les centres de distribution r√©gionaux, qui auraient autrement √©t√© jet√©s. Les l√©gumes auraient √©t√© jet√©s parce qu’ils √©taient trop grand, trop petit ou g√©n√©ralement trop “inhabituelle”, tandis que le riz a pass√© sa date d’expiration (mais √©tait toujours parfaitement comestible) et donc incapable d’√™tre vendu. Le r√©sultat fut un d√©licieux curry de l√©gumes √©pic√©, compl√©t√©e par poppadums, qui ont stup√©fi√© le public Marseillais car ils ne sont pas un ph√©nom√®ne tr√®s courant en France.

La pauvret√© et l’ins√©curit√© alimentaire sont extr√™mement r√©pandue √† Marseille, faisant le cas pour la r√©duction des d√©chets alimentaires et la redistribution appropri√©e d’autant plus important dans cette ville. Les ingr√©dients n√©cessaires de personnes motiv√©es avec une volont√© d’agir sont certainement pr√©sents dans cette belle ville, de sorte que le Banquet des 5000 n’√©tait certainement que le d√©but de leur lutte contre le gaspillage alimentaire.

Un √©norme remerciement √† tous les merveilleux b√©n√©voles qui ont contribu√© l’animation de l’√©v√©nement, ainsi que toutes les organisations participantes!

7 November, 2013

The Pig Idea Feast - Come swine with us!

You are cordially invited to come swine with us in Trafalgar Square…

Over the last 7 months, the Pig Idea team has been rearing eight pigs on London’s Stepney City Farm on a healthy diet of spent brewer’s grains, whey, unsold fruit and veg and okara (a tofu byproduct) - all food which would otherwise have been composted or sent to landfill. The pork produced from the pigs is to be served up for YOU by some of the UK’s best restaurants and chefs.

What’s more, it’s all free! From 12 till 4pm there will be an array of free food and family-friendly activities. So come and join the feast ‚Äď and let them eat waste!

(Don’t eat pork? Don’t despair ‚Äď Wahaca will also be serving up some delicious winter vegetable tacos and their trademark guacamole.)


RSVP via twitter by oinking here.
#PigIdeaFeast @ThePigIdea

The People’s Pig Competition

As part of The Pig Idea Feast, we are getting the public to share their best pork recipe for the chance to win a meal for four at Wahaca and have it cooked live on stage by Thomasina Miers and Sara Cox!

Tweet your recipe name to @PigIdea using #PeoplesPig and click here for more information on how to enter.


Want to lend a helping trotter at the feast? We’d love to have you come get piggy with us, just sign up here and we’ll be in touch with more information.


31 October, 2013

Recap of Disco Anti Food Waste Day 2013

We peeled, we chopped, we boogied.

On October 16th (World Food Day) the world celebrated its very first Disco Anti Food Waste Day. It acted as a global event platform for people of all different ages and backgrounds to take a defiant stand against the wasteful habits that pervade the global food system, from farm to fork.


Disco Soups of the world united

Disco soups and other anti-food waste events were hosted in the UK, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Macedonia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden, Canada and Japan.

In case you missed the party, here is a little recap of some of the Disco Anti Food Waste Day events that took place…

‚ÄúLe Gaspi Salsifi‚ÄĚ

In France, where the Disco Soup movement is spreading like butter on toast, the groundbreaking day (Journée de lutte contre le gaspillage alimentaire) saw groups manifest their passion for fighting food waste in Lyon, Bordeaux, Paris and Lille.


In Bordeaux, a vibrant group of Disco Soupers gathered for a mini-protest against the countless lives of fruits and vegetables and other vital nutrients that are lost to the current food waste epidemic with some beautiful hand-made placards.


Disco Soep-ing in the Netherlands!

In the Netherlands, the Youth Food Movement (YFM), DAMn Food Waste and other groups organized ‚ÄėDisco Soeps‚Äô in Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam & The Hague.


YFM Rotterdam broke a world record by cooking continuously for 38 hours, feeding around 800 people, and all with food that would have otherwise been binned!


In Eindhoven and Groningen, hundreds of guests enjoyed some very impressive, delicious meals cooked up using masses of otherwise-wasted ingredients while DJs played funky beats to keep people moving.


Feeding the 5000 in Brussels

Meanwhile in Brussels, we celebrated the launch of our national Feeding the 5000 campaign with a Disco Soup and a screening of Tristram Stuart‚Äôs film, ‚ÄúGlobal Gachis‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúGlobal Waste‚ÄĚ.


All in all, the day was a brilliant opportunity for people to come together and voice their passionate frustration concerning the 21st century issue of food waste. People have power, and when combined with vegetables and disco music, the impact is not to be underestimated. 


24 October, 2013

Food Debate: Solutions for a World Without Hunger

Organised by 11.11.11

Worldwide 842 million people are experiencing hunger. This is 1 in 8. Another 1 billion people have no access to good, healthy food. Yet there is enough food production to feed the world 1,5 times. How can this be? What are the causes and what are the solutions?



TRISTRAM STUART (London, UK), author of the book 'Waste: uncovering the global food scandal.' In an hour long lecture, Tristram will talk about food waste, placing this in the global context of our current production- and food system. Tristram Stuart won in 2011 the international environment ¬†‚ÄėSophie Prize’. He is the founder of¬†’Feeding the 5000’, a campaign that started in London and will be organising a Feeding the 5000 event in Brussels in Spring 2014.

Mignane Mamadou DIOUF (Senegal) is working for CONGAD, the umbrella network for NGOs in Senegal. He is also the coordinator of the Social Forum of Senegal. He will talk about the impact of land grabbing, food speculation and biofuels on food security in African countries.

JAN VAN DE POEL, is a policy worker and food expert at 11.11.11. In the coming two years, the 11.11.11-campaign will focus on the issue of food. Central themes include biofuels, land grabbing, food speculation and a sustainable climate agreement.

Moderator: Gie Goris, chief editor MO*
Introduction by BOGDAN VANDEN BERGHE, general director 11.11.11

Practical information

WHERE: KVS, zaal Top - Lakensestraat 146 - 1000 Brussel
WHEN: Thursday 7th November  19.30 - 21.30
REGISTER: via (until 5th November)
MORE INFO: Tel. 02 536 11 17
Simultaneous translation (English to/from Dutch) available
Free entrance

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