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Disco Soup: curbing food waste by throwing a better party

Disco Soup: To curb food waste by organizing better parties

From Brazil to Australia, from Japan to Canada, people are saving food from trash in a party atmosphere.

On April 28th, people in Brussels celebrated World Disco Soup Day. Family, friends and passers-by gather together to make delicious dishes with unused food in the sound of beautiful music. The start of the party is only a matter of time.

Today is #worlddiscosoupday, anti-#foodwaste heroes from all over the world are gathering to save the food. And you, do you want to join the @DiscoSoupe party?

-Zero Waste Europe (@zerowasteeurope) April 28, 2018

So what exactly is disco soup? It's very simple: a group of volunteers collect discarded food-bread, fruits, vegetables from local markets, supermarkets, restaurants and farms, and prepare delicious meals with these products that would otherwise be discarded. Prepare food while listening to music, full of party atmosphere. In other words, people are having fun while preventing food waste!

It all started in Berlin in 2012, when activists from the German Slow Food Association and other partner organizations gathered to organize Schnippeldisko (or Disco Soup) to raise awareness of food waste. In their first time During the event, they managed to feed 8,000 people with discarded food.

The initiative quickly swept the world. From Brazil to Australia, from Japan to Canada, the Disco Soup event has been a success since then.

Since 2017, the Disco Soup Movement has launched World Disco Soup Day, when disco soup events all over the world will take place at the same time. The global movement has now become a global party where activities such as face painting, dressing up and karaoke are performed.

In Brussels, World Disco Day is organized by the Slow Food Youth Network. One of the main organizers, Alice Codsi, when asked about food waste and whether she saw any changes in people’s behavior, said: “Since 2013, people have talked about more food waste and people know What it is, people understand it better, and I think people are beginning to understand that this is not only happening in their homes, but throughout the food chain, and what they can do about it."

Nowadays, disco soup seems more meaningful than ever, because according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about one-third of the food produced for human consumption every year is wasted or lost. This number may not sound like a lot, but it is equivalent to 1.3 billion tons per year. If you can save a quarter of your food in some way, you can feed 870 million people.

These figures are staggering, and the EU has been repeatedly urged to tackle the problem of food waste from farm to table. In accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations, the recently revised Waste Framework Directive calls on member states to halve food waste by 2030. However, this is still an ideal goal, and further measures are needed, such as introducing food waste prevention measures in the Common Agricultural Policy. However, things are changing, and ongoing projects such as the EU Food Loss and Food Waste Platform are seeking solutions in areas such as food donations through policy recommendations and pilot projects. Similarly, some European countries such as France or Italy have recently approved legislation to support food donations and prevent food waste.

But this is not just about policy: as consumers, we also need to rethink our way of thinking. Many products are discarded because of market rules based solely on aesthetics-they are either too big, too thick, too small, or just look interesting. This will never affect the nutritional value of the product or reduce its edibility. Another way to help reduce household food waste is to plan weekly meals in advance and buy only the necessary food. When the product (such as meat) is close to the expiration date, it can be stored in the refrigerator and eaten later. Buying food in bulk is also a good way to prevent food waste: multiple packaging encourages consumers to buy more than they need-while also generating unnecessary plastic waste. In addition, studies have shown that food packaging solutions such as multi-packs and small food packaging can cause food waste because they require products to conform to standard sizes. For example, a recent study showed that shredding green beans to fit plastic packaging would cause 30-40% of the beans to be wasted.

Another option is to organize your personal "disco soup" and invite your friends to share the remaining dinner party. As Tristram Stuart, the founder of Feedback, once said: "In order to save the planet, you must have a better party than the one who destroyed it."

Don’t forget to check out local Disco Soup events throughout the year and join their friendly community. If you join the movement in Brussels, you will meet Alice. She said: “Cooking is fun and eating together is also great. Disco soup can show people how to cook while having fun and save food waste. To be positive and It is possible to create change in a beautiful way."

"In order to save the planet, you must have a better party than the one who destroyed it."

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