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  • Can we really have greener food?

    Last week a really fascinating report was published by the Global Food Security Programme looking at the principles of healthy and sustainable eating patterns. This is something I've been interested in for a long time and it's so helpful that this is now down in writing. There's a way to go as we need more research in certain areas but it gets the conversation going. Globally, some 30% of...
  • Can 1 million vegetarians be wrong....

    Did you know there are over 1 million vegetarians in the UK and even more people who class themselves as 'meat reducers'. It's #NationalVegetarianWeek and as a well known veggie myself I love it - new recipes, ideas, and people simply loving food that just happens to not have any meat in it.  Reducing your meat intake reduces your “carbon footprint” too. So…as a long standing...
  • Fancy a chicken challenge?

    With another May bank holiday looming, we are all peering out of our windows wondering if we can brave a British BBQ. With a few spare blankets at the ready and a backup plan of sending the lone chef out into the storm with an umbrella, we might just take the leap. I shall be standing out in the rain/sun/hail/snow (who knows!) on the Monday helping my mum out on a plant stall at her local fete -...
  • Time for a revolution?

    Worldwide there are more than 42 million children under the age of 5 who are overweight or obese according to Jamie Oliver and today's #FoodRevolutionDay. With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies.The issue of food education is one that is close to my heart as I see...
  • The joys of growing your own...

    Given it's national gardening week next week and I can no longer get into my greenhouse at home because I got rather carried away sowing veg and flower seeds I thought I'd make today a grow your own blog.What's that got to do with food waste? Well, I think a lot actually. Growing up, because I would have to be out in the rain with my grandad planting spuds in the spring, or secretly snaffling a...
  • It's national poultry day! Yep, it really is!

    It's National Poultry Day! Yep, I couldn't beleive it either but there's a day for everything, And as chicken is the nations favourite meat it seemed right to pay hommage to the good old chicken and do our bit to make sure as little goes to waste as possible.In the UK we throw away 86 million chickens a year just from our homes! 86 million. Just think about it. Horrible.And there are so many ways...
  • Food waste free Easter

    Easter is often a time when friends and family come together, but cooking for more people than usual can be confusing when it comes to knowing just how much to cook. The temptation is always to cook more - just in case! However, we needn’t be baffled by how much to buy and cook with our Everyday Perfect Portions Calculator.Each year we throw away around a fifth of all the food we buy which...
  • Food waste facts - the bigger picture

    Emma Marsh, 13 Feb 2015, Comments: 4
    I've been thinking about the future a lot recently - what will happen if we don't take real concerted action on food waste in the UK and globally?Demand on resources - like food - will be exacerbated by a projected increase in global population from 6.5 billion today to 9 billion by 2050, as well as 3 billion new middle class consumers by 2030.Current trends mean we are likely to need 60% more...
  • Meal planning - quite a revelation!

    One of our key LFHW tips to reduce food waste and save money is to meal plan! Now I have to be honest, meal planning is something that I’ve never been too good at. I’ve always written a shopping list, and always used what I have at home to cobble something together for dinner each night. But, the weekend before last something changed for me! Every Saturday I go to my local town to buy my fruit...
  • When I met Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty!

    And a trip to the end of the Pier!A few months ago Jamie Oliver’s team called asking me to pop down to Southend for a chat about food waste as they were filming the new series of Friday Night Feast and wanted to focus on tackling this huge global issue head on.We’ve been supporting Jamie and his team for a while now with evidence and insights into what food is wasted and why, as like me and Love...
  • Saving money on your New Year's Eve party

    New Year's Eve is a great time to raid the fridge, freezer and cupboards and wow friends, family and even yourself with how delicious party nibbles really can come from leftovers, forgotten foods and simply anything you have in the house. If you're having a party and don't have much food around, why not ask friends to bring anything they won't eat along and get inventive!So, here are my 10...
  • Talking turkey

    Whilst doing a bit of research on the classic Christmas food that is the Turkey I discovered more facts about turkeys than I knew could possible exist. Rather than keep them all to myself I thought I'd share the 5 best with you along with our top 5 turkey recipes. So if you're one of the 76% of households eating turkey this year read on...Last Christmas saw the UK consuming approximately 10...
  • Dreaming of a food waste free Christmas

    Christmas is coming and I've already spotted the 'just in case' impulse buys at the supermarket. From the bags of nuts which will inevitably end up fusty and unloved and in the bottom of the bin come January. To the novelty packs of snacks that get opened once and then pushed to the back of the cupboard until they're discovered this time next year.Today I've been trying to plan what we're having...
  • Are you having a Waste Free Lunch?

    As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), taking place from the 22nd to the 30th November, we’re all being encouraged to have a Waste Free Lunch.To help you plan your lunch here are a couple of tips and some of our favourite lunch recipes to get your taste buds going:Our top tips:Instead of using disposable plates and cutlery why not get out some of the lovely old plates that most...
  • Yep...thinking of Christmas already...

    So I'm ashamed to admit it but I'm already thinking about Christmas. I thought we were cooking for 5 but all of a sudden we're now talking about 12 - time to get savvy with my meagre funds this year and complete lack of time. I want to make life as simple as possible in the run-up to the big day.I definitely can't afford to waste money and I know that I won't have time to go Christmas browsing...
  • It's world food day - what will you do to make a difference?

    what will I be doing this World food Day? Well, I will be spending today in Cardiff speaking at our annual conference in Wales talking all things behaviour change and food waste. Encouraging as many people and organisations to spread the word and make a difference. The theme of World Food Day #WFD2014 this year is family farmers - feeding the world and caring for the earth. Did you know......
  • Household food waste: a people perspective

    Emma Marsh, 13 Oct 2014, Comments: 1
    We've just published fascinating new insights in a new report exploring the relationship between how much good food and drink gets thrown away from our homes in the UK and who is doing it and why.It's fascinating stuff. The key thing is that it's not about blame - but about trying to understand the factors that can lead us to throw good food away and then trying to remove anything in...
  • UNEP Launches School Food Waste Competition

    Worldwide, about one-third of all food produced gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems. Almost half of this quantity is the result of consumers and businesses in industrialized regions discarding food that is fit for consumptionThis equates to over 1.3 billion tonnes of food - enough to feed the estimated 870 million people who are going hungry each day.Love...
  • A weekend of rescuing food!

    So this weekend started as any other, until Saturday morning when my bare feet stepped into a freezing cold puddle where there shouldn't have been one.Yep, the electric had gone off overnight and the freezer had defrosted.Now I'd been planning on defrosting the freezer anyway but not quite like this and most definitely not the food as well. All those single portions of leftovers which I'd...
  • Thinking about Zero Waste Week next week...prompted by the arrival of a new food waste themed cookbook

    Mark your calendars and starting thinking of what you'll do, to #DoOneThingDifferently!1-7 September is “Zero Waste Week”. Now in its 7th year, and the goal is to raise awareness of and to spread the word about waste and what we can do, as both individuals and as part of the community. The theme for the week is “one thing you can do!” which times in wonderfully with the Love Food Hate Waste...

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