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food waste by www.eatwell.inGlobally, we throw away 1.3 billion tonnes of food annually…ironically, there are around 1.3 billion people going hungry every day.  At home, Ireland households and businesses waste one million tonnes of food each year…that’s 2 ½ times Croke Park, filled to the top.  Meanwhile, the world is growing exponentially with population levels expected to reach over 9.5 billion in 2050 and we won’t have enough food to feed them unless we do something now.

 

Food security and food waste are two sides of the same coin. 

  • In Europe, 80 million people live below the poverty line and among them, 30 million suffer from malnutrition. (Source: Eurostat and European Congress of Experts on Nutrition, 2009)
  • In Ireland, at least ten percent of the population face food poverty each day.

On the other side of the coin is the unpalatable situation where

  • 89 million tonnes of food are wasted in Europe each year and
  • Over 1 million tonnes are discarded in Ireland annually.

Food waste also has severe environmental implications. 

  • Embedded water, energy, packaging and transportation costs are lost once a food product is thrown away, unused.
  • In landfills, rotting food also releases methane, a destructive greenhouse gas.

It has been estimated that each kilogramme of food waste costs almost €3. This accounts not only for disposal but each of the steps involved with the food cycle in a business – purchasing, storing, preparing, cooking and serving. (www.stopfoodwaste.ie)

 

Wasting food wastes valuable resources and money.

 

What is VOICE doing?Feeding the 5,000 Dublin launch

  • VOICE was the lead in organising the Feeding the 5,000 Dublin event in November 2012 where we highlighted the plight of food waste by demonstrating that a delicious meal could be created with food that would have been rejected by supermarkets…so called ‘ugly vegetables’.  We fed nearly 5,000 people and had food give-aways, cooking demonstrations and an information tent. See blog here.
  • VOICE has taken the concept of Feeding the 5,000 down to the local level by creating ‘Food Rescue’, where local communities work with their local shops and individuals to make a neighbourhood meal out of food that would have been thrown away along with other educational activities. See blogs.

Food Rescue

What is ‘Food Rescue’?

Food Rescue a Success in Sligo!

300 Fed in Clonakilty!

Leitrim Food Rescue No Joke!

Food Rescue puts the Flavour into Fingal and Taste into Wicklow

Scarecrows, Cooking and Music in Ballon, Co. Carlow

Food Rescue at the 5 Lamps Arts Festival

Food Rescue generates funds for local school in Ballyclough!

  • VOICE has worked with local communities to take the food waste challenge to reduce their food waste by 5 kg/week, thus saving money.  Families can save up to €800 a year by reducing their food waste through meal planning, better shopping and storage techniques and creative cooking.
  • VOICE has teamed up with Dun Laoghaire County Council to run a brown bin pilot programme in the Beacon South Quarter Apartments.
  • VOICE is working with other organisations to raise awareness of food waste and looks to practical ways to reduce such waste and to redirect surplus food to Foodbanks.  Bia Foodbank,  Food Cloud and Stop Food Waste.

Blogs:

School Projects:

 

Leaflets:

Food Rescue leaflet

Food Matters 6pp A5 (2)

 

 What can I do?

A Taste of Carlow meets ‘Food Rescue’

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A Taste of Carlow meets ‘Food Rescue’

We’ve had a Taste of Carlow and we loved it!

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Want to host a Food Rescue Event in your Community?

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Want to host a Food Rescue Event in your Community?

Interested in hosting a Food Rescue Event? Find out more.

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3 TIPS TO LOVE YOUR FREEZER

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3 TIPS TO LOVE YOUR FREEZER

Niamh Madden gives you three relationship tips so that you too can fall deeply in love with your freezer…

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The Sun Shines on Cork’s ‘Feed the City’

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The Sun Shines on Cork’s ‘Feed the City’

Cork’s ‘Feed the City’ event on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend a huge success!

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#Fruitshare: One’s person’s campaign to share unwanted, but delicious fruit.

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#Fruitshare: One’s person’s campaign to share unwanted, but delicious fruit.

As my few remaining apples drop from my apple tree, I came to wonder what everyone is doing with their spare apples/plums/pears this time of year.

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Local Communities are Doing it for Themselves….

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Local Communities are Doing it for Themselves….

Disco Soup in Galway City a Huge Success!!

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WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PRINT???

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WHAT IS YOUR FOOD PRINT???

What is your ‘food print’?

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VOICE partners with Bia Foodbank on Feeding the 5,000 Dublin

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VOICE partners with Bia Foodbank on Feeding the 5,000 Dublin

VOICE and Bia Foodbank share the same vision to reduce food waste and to donate surplus food.

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Scary Food Facts!

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Scary Food Facts!

Given our world’s limited natural resources, food waste is a major concern. Here are some facts about food waste & natural resources that offer some food for thought:

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Food Matters leaflet

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Food Matters leaflet

What are the environmental implications of food production, transportation, distribution, consumption and disposal? See our Food Matters Leaflet.

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