Wednesday, 16 October 2013

#Foodwaste #Foodpoverty and #WFD2013

Wednesday 16th October marks World Food Day, part of a growing number of international campaigns to tackle hunger worldwide. Food poverty is arguably humanity's weakest link in the 21st Century, and it's a growing problem even in The UK. According to new figures, the number of people relying on food banks in this country has TRIPLED in the last year. Emerge's sister charity FareShare North West tackles food poverty in Manchester by working with the commercial sector to divert perfectly edible food that would normally be sent to landfill to those who need it most, providing a double benefit.

Food waste is inextricably linked with food poverty- there is enough food to feed everyone on the planet, but around one third of it is thrown away. It is also inextricably linked with our climate- global food waste has a bigger carbon footprint than every country in the world after China and the USA. We have a great opportunity here to hit two huge scary birds with one stone, and organisations like FareShare aim to do just this.




Sources
http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3347e/i3347e.pdf
http://grist.org/article/10-things-to-know-about-food-on-world-food-day/

EMERGE provides environmental education and advice on resource management, waste composition and sustainable procurement issues. Our business services include everything from recycling collections to confidential document shredding.  

We are now working in partnership with Cooler Projects to deliver carbon literacy training for businesses across Greater Manchester.  For more info see www.carbonliteracy.com or speak to Liz Lauder on 0161 223 8200 to book your places. 

Visit our new pop-up shop in Manchester city centre! Promoting the 3Rs of waste reduction, reuse and recyling, we are selling goodies and local arts and crafts with a 'Made in Manchester' theme.  Find us at Brazennose House West, Brazennose St, M2 5AS. Opening hours are usually 12-5pm Wed-Sat but are subject to change. Please contact office@emergemanchester.co.uk for more info.

1 comment:

  1. It is really alarming these days to know that there are different types of waste. One of the most dreaded wastes is electronic waste. I think companies should offer free IT disposal on a larger scale to help the environment.

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