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  • Just one jar of passata...

    So...confessional time. Last night I had to throw away half a jar of passata. Gutted! There it was sitting on its own at the back of fridge feeling neglected and lonely behind the veg I'd shoved in in haste earlier in the week. So I forgot about it.And now it's gone to waste.This morning I was thinking how appropriate our new call to action is #DoOneThingDifferently. Essentially there are...
  • At last I can talk about '10 cities'...and what one thing will you do right to make a difference?

    Hurrah! At last I can talk about the 10 cities we're taking Love Food Hate Waste to over the next 18 months. We've been beavering away in the background meeting with our Local Authority colleagues in each city as well as the major retailers who have pledged their support in different cities of the UK.So, in alphabetical order....BelfastBirminghamCardiffGlasgowGreater ManchesterLeedsLiverpool City...
  • Sainsbury’s to the Food Rescue

    Vik from Love Food Hate Waste, 5 Jun 2014, Comments: 1
    Our research has shown that one of the main reasons that we throw away food from our homes is because we don’t get around to eating it before it’s gone past its best! We all do it from time to time, we buy food and then our plans change, we’re invited out for dinner, we don’t fancy the foods we’ve bought...sometimes (or most of the time in my house) we end up with a random mix of ingredients...
  • Get Food Smart? Here's me thinking about food again...

    Emma Marsh, 4 Jun 2014, Comments: 1
    How often do you think about your food? Last week I was thinking about it a lot from the hunger perspective but this week I've been intrigued by the 'Get Food Smart' campaign from our friends at Start UK.  #Getfoodsmart runs from 1-15 June and encourages individuals to be mindful of their food. By getting food smart they are encouraging us to eat healthy, tasty food at affordable...
  • Working together to reduce food waste

    Yesterday was an exciting day. We had a LFHW and FUSIONS partner day in London where almost one hundred people from across the UK and Europe met up to share experiences of what we’ve all been doing to tackle food waste! There were representatives from all manner of organisations from local authorities to grocery retailers, community organisations to governments and even people working in the...
  • World Hunger Day - do I think about food far too much?

    Emma Marsh, 28 May 2014, Comments: 1
    I think about food a lot. Probably too much. Whether it's what I can do with those forgotten foods at the back of my fridge or the scale of the issue of food waste that's facing us and what we can do to tackle it, it's constantly on my mind.But today is World Hunger Day across the globe and that requires me to think about this in a whole new way. According to The Hunger Project hunger and...
  • How will Vik fare as a veggie for a week?

    Emma’s blog earlier this week asked whether readers would take on the National Vegetarian Week challenge! Well I was cajoled by colleagues into doing just that!So this week I’m living like a veggie! I have to admit, it’s not so hard for me since I don’t eat massive amounts of meat anyway. So I thought I’d update you on my experience so far of being a vegetarian who likes to reduce food waste.So,...
  • It's National Vegetarian Week - will you take the challenge?

    Emma Marsh, 20 May 2014, Comments: 2
    It's National Vegetarian Week  and a theme that's close to my heart. I turned veggie many years ago - in fact when I was 15 - much to the horror of my dad. A farmer! Many years seeing the lambs and pigs heading off to market and then staring down at my bacon sandwich or lamp chop did it for me. My dad however simply said I was too lazy to chew!!! But he came round eventually and even...
  • He Lived Below the Line and still ate relatively well!

    Viktoria from Love Food Hate Waste, 9 May 2014, Comments: 2
    You may remember that last week I spoke to my friend Tom who about his Live Below the Line challenge.I had a quick catch up with Tom just now to find out what the last part of the week held for him and to see how he fared! I really wanted to know whether eating on less than £1 a day had changed his attitude to food, and in particular wasting food!Mainly Tom learnt how to cook new (low cost) meals...
  • I’m thinking ahead, eating well and wasting less!

    Last week Emma reported that in May and June we'll be focussing on the theme of helping people to Eat Well and Waste Less! Now this has come at rather a timely moment for me as since C Boy and I moved house a couple of months back our healthy eating has become a little sporadic! I’m really ashamed to say that we started to waste a little more food than I would have liked (I guess we’re only human...
  • Eat well and waste less - a good reminder as many of us 'live below the line'

    Emma Marsh, 1 May 2014, Comments: 2
    Our new theme which has gone live today is 'Eat Well and Waste Less' - a timely reminder when many of us are 'living below the line' this week.1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty - on less than £1 a day - nearly 20 times the population of the UK. And that has to cover everything - health, food, housing transport....At the same time in the UK we throw away 13 billion “five a day” portions...
  • Could you Live Below the Line?

    This week is Live Below the Line week, and my colleague Sophie has been working with the Global Poverty Project who run the week. We’re really pleased to be helping to support this fantastic initiative.It’s crazy to think that every year in the UK we throw away 4.2 million tonnes of good food – that’s food that could have been eaten, not bones and vegetable peelings etc! All this when huge...
  • Eggs and cakes - Vik gets baking

    Eggs are such a versatile ingredient, yet every day in the UK we waste 1.1million eggs! They’re great to have in the fridge (it’s best to keep them there so that they stay fresher for longer) and are wonderful for conjuring up all sorts of quick meals and for combining with other bits and pieces you have in the fridge! Eggs on toast, baked eggs, quiche, omelette, pasta carbonara…and of course,...
  • “I’ve got a fridge full of bits and pieces but nothing seems to go together to make a meal!”

    Does that sound familiar? It happens all-to-often for me and last Monday night was no exception, I had a random mix of bits and pieces but I just wasn’t sure what to make – 1/3 of a swede, 4 small parsnips, potatoes, ½ a butternut squash, cauliflower, cheese and that was about it.Having pondered on it a while, I threw together a 'bake':  I cut all of the veg into smallish pieces and sliced...
  • Half term mayhem: the perfect time to halve that food waste!

    So, it's half term again and every person I know with children is asking me for tips on what to do with them that they can link in to food and food waste. There are so many things to do from setting a food waste diary challenge to having a cook-off using only what's in the fridge to make a fab meal. My current favourite is one I worked up with a friend over the weekend. She has two boys aged...
  • Make Easter go with a swing!

    Emma Marsh, 15 Apr 2014, Comments: 2
    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 CalculatorEach year we throw away around 20% of all the food we buy which costs...
  • House of Lords releases report into "morally repugnant" food waste

    The House of Lords EU Committee has released its findings "counting the cost of food waste" following an inquiry last year to which we provided evidence drawing on our work to reduce food waste since 2007. The report raises some really challenging ideas as well as some big issues that are critical to tackling the global problem of food waste.We all know thanks to WRAP research that in the UK...
  • Food security and food waste: the facts

    Emma Marsh, 31 Mar 2014, Comments: 3
    "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,'' IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri told a press conference at the launch of today's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in Yokohama, Japan.The report confirms that climate change is now "destroying, and rarely benefiting, food systems" as well as "fuelling riots over food prices". Reducing...
  • Go bananas for your ‘nanas!

    Our research has revealed that in the UK we throw away the equivalent of 1.4million bananas every day from our homes.  I think you’ll agree; that’s bananas! It’s an awful waste of fruit and money!Just recently I’ve been working with The Guardian and Unilever on their Live Better: Food Waste Challenge and today is Save a Banana Day! You can get involved and share banana-saving tips on Twitter...
  • How do we end up throwing away over 1 million eggs a day in the UK?

    Emma Marsh, 25 Mar 2014, Comments: 2
    And that's just from our homes! Want to know more? Well...that's 82,000 tonnes of eggs a year23,000 tonnes of which we could have eatencosting us £63 million buying and then throwing them awayTwo thirds because we didn't end up using them in time2,000 tonnes because we served or cooked up too much which never got eaten 2,000 tonnes due to personal preference and...a further 2,000 tonnes...

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