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Fill in Bellies Not Bins - Disco Soup in Manchester

Fill in the belly instead of the trash can-Manchester Disco Soup

Have you heard of disco soup? You can, because this event is spreading across Europe as a celebration of taking out food waste from the trash can and filling your stomach. What used to be called diving, city picking, salvaging, or just recycling completely edible food that happened to be in the trash can is now an organized work that brings together hundreds of volunteers to collect food waste, cook and eat it together Accompanied by trendy music, a positive atmosphere and the voice of realizing that food waste has no place on a limited planet.

In Manchester, Disco Soup is a groundbreaking event organized by the Manchester Real Junk Food Project. Last Saturday, June 20th, more than 100 volunteers gathered to provide everyone with a healthy and nutritious day-you feel the foundation of donation . In this event alone, they saved about 700 kilograms of food, which would otherwise be wasted from supermarkets, restaurants, and many other sources that cooperated with the event.

Colin Bell, director of the real junk food project in Manchester, said: "We are very excited about the reaction of people in Manchester today. We want to open a cafe that will be open 3 days a week and follow the same recipe for disco soup." Bell explained that most of the food waste was collected in cooperation with FairShare Greater Manchester, an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger and redistributing surplus food to charities, food banks and schools in the area

As more and more people take action to deal with and end the waste of fully edible food, the types of incidents related to food waste have become more and more popular in the past few years. Activities and activities such as Disco Soup, FairShare Greater Manchester, and feedback activities including the Gleaning Network undoubtedly played a key role not only in raising awareness, but actually in actually reducing food waste.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations pointed out in its "Global Food Loss and Food Waste" report, "About one-third of the edible part of food for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, about 1.3 billion tons per year. ."

In addition, the contribution of food waste to climate change is prominent, mainly from two sources: greenhouse gas emissions related to food production and greenhouse gas emissions related to its waste disposal.

In order to understand how many tons of greenhouse gas emissions are related to the production of food that has never been eaten, Tristram Stuart provided an eye-opening figure in "Waste: Uncovering a Global Food Scandal" (2009): Food with a waste level of about a quarter is representative - according to WRAP research in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - it can be said that 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in these countries come from production, transportation, storage and preparation never eaten Food.

In addition, the resources used to produce food are very important: According to FAO, up to 1.4 billion hectares of land are used for food production each year-28% of the world's agricultural area. Similarly, the blue water footprint of total food waste produced by agriculture in 2007 was approximately 250 square kilometers, which is more than 38 times the blue water footprint of American households.

At the end of its life cycle, food waste may become the main source of greenhouse gas emissions, the most famous of which is methane, which has 25 times the heat absorption capacity of carbon dioxide in 100 years. When food waste is landfilled as part of mixed waste, it not only produces greenhouse gases, but also pollutes soil and water with leachate.

If it is not used for feeding purposes, the Zero Waste Europe training on organic waste and various materials has extensively explored alternatives to food waste treatment, and made strong recommendations for composting and anaerobic digestion.

The good news is that, at least in the UK, awareness is increasing and food waste is decreasing: According to WRAP, food waste has been reduced by 21% since 2007. British families still waste 22% of all the food they buy. It is hoped that the downward trend will continue rapidly.

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