November 19th, 2011
I went to an unusual event yesterday, in Trafalgar Square.
Free Lunch – Feeding the 5,000.
The event was organised by Tristram Stuart, to highlight the amount of food that the West throws away, annually. As food prices have decreased over the last 40 years, food has become a disposable commodity – apparently a third of Western food is thrown away and wasted.
To illustrate the quantity of waste, people were given bags of misshapen, but perfectly good carrots and potatoes, rejected by supermarkets, along with pineapples, pumpkins and the juice from ugly apples – all of which would have been otherwise thrown away!
Some pigs were sleeping peacefully in a corner – a considerable amount of waste food is mashed and fed to pigs. I can’t say that I object to the pigs eating these vegetables, they should be fed well if we are going to eat them. What is worrying though, is the amount of food that goes into black dustbin bags and then landfill. I did volunteer to eat one of the pigs, but sadly they weren’t part of the deal.
Valentine Warner, were on hand to demonstrate how to make meals out of vegetables lurking in the bottom of the fridge.
The event turned out to be popular and a large queue formed for the free lunch made from the rejected supermarket vegetables.
An army of cooks and servers had people fed quite quickly,
with a delicious vegetable curry.
They are preaching to the converted, as far as I am concerned. I try very hard to eat everything I buy and have a compost bin in the back garden for vegetable peelings, etc. If I have vegetables leftover on a Sundays (when I go to the Farmers Market) then I use them to make stock for the Sunday roast. I’m not criticising though, this is a cause that I fully support. I’d like to see people cooking properly on a daily basis and food being sourced locally. Better food management saves your purse and the planet!
My guilty secret is that I went straight to the butchers and bought a pork pie after eating the vegetable curry – of course it is just round the corner from the People’s Supermarket…