Too much food goes to waste on a daily basis. Not finishing food is one thing, but when we throw away perfectly edible produce, that’s a shame. Roughly a third of the entire world’s food supply goes to waste, a lot of the time simply because it is “too ugly.” Despite being completely safe and delicious to eat, many farms, manufacturers, wholesalers, and more end up dumping produce due to some minor, unattractive blemishes or a wonky shape. One organization is standing up for “ugly” food.
Proving one man’s waste is another man’s treasure, volunteers in Washington D.C. swoop in to turn unwanted food into a giant feast. Under Feedback’s flagship charity campaign, Feeding the 5,000 turns 2,000 pounds of fruits and veggies into 5,000 tasty meals. “We have hundreds and hundreds of pounds of food that would have otherwise gone to waste that we’re putting to good use,” Campus Kitchen Project Director Laura Toscano says.
Feeding the 5,000 held its inaugural event in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2009. In the past seven years, the movement has spread all over the globe holding similar events in cities such as New York, Paris, and Athens, Greece. The organization looks to keep growing and feeding the world while spreading their message of conservation.
“It’s up to us, the citizens of the world, to say, ‘We’re fed up with food waste,’ ” Feedback founder Tristram Stuart says. “It’s time to take food waste off the menu.”
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H/T: National Geographic