Freegans are anti-consumerist individuals employ alternative living strategies based on “limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.
Amongst other they salvage discarded but unspoiled food that has passed its best by date, as a political statement not because they are poor or homeless.
This seems a very weird and almost humourous concept, but this site used it to link to the major food wastage problem in the UK.
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Some quotable extracts from this webpage:
- “It is estimated that one third of all waste going to landfill comes from the food sector, and one quarter of this could have been consumed.”
- “It showed that UK consumers are throwing away a total of £10bn worth of food each year. It said that the widespread concern about soaring food prices “sits awkwardly” alongside proof that consumers dispose of 6.7m tonnes of food waste each year, 4.1m tonnes of which could have been eaten. This equates to £420 per household every year.”
- “Redistribution schemes such as FareShare can help reduce the 1.6m tonnes coming from retailers. This UK charity offers tailored solutions to the food industry by taking companies’ surplus and waste and distributing the edible food through a community network of over 500 organisations that help disadvantaged people.
Last year, FareShare helped save 2,000 tonnes of edible food from landfill, providing meals for 3.3m people. This in turn meant 13,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide was emitted into the environment.”
Some of our previous posts linked to food waste: