In 2008 I took the @stedsbc Zero Waste challenge.I was shocked how much food waste & other resources I’d junked
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard I see... So what made u get interested in campaigning abt
#FoodWaste? Why is it important to reduce our food waste? #CWCuisine
Firstly, reducing food waste lowers the impact of methane, a GHG released from food left rotting in landfill.
Reducing food waste also reduces the embedded water & energy from farming, production, packaging & transport.
For example, according to @WRAP_UK, 2,400 litres of water are needed to produce just one burger.
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard Wow "2400 ltrs of water for 1 burger!" Those are some powerful stats! What easy tips do u have for reducing waste?
Keep a food waste diary.Don’t buy things that regularly get thrown away & freeze unused food before use-by date
Avoid plate waste by reducing portions. Let ppl help themselves & follow @toogood_towaste’s doggy bag campaign
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard Those are some powerful & EASY tips. What do u think the government can do to encourage ppl to cut back on waste?
Local government is doing a great job with the
#lovefoodhatewaste campaign but more could be done via schools. #CWCuisine
The @schoolfoodtrust is leading a Food Waste Heroes campaign & this should be adopted by every UK school.
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard So motivate & mobilise the public much as possible then. Does reducing your food waste have any economic benefits?
Absolutely, the story about my accidental ornamental melons shows how I saved £300 alone. http://bit.ly/wd3WGe
And on average, households could save around £50 a month by reducing food waste
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard So we can all save a pretty penny then! What’s ur favourite
#CWCuisine recipe from the #ClimateWeek website & why? #CWCuisine
Oooh it has to be the Turkish Roasted Veg from @itvthismorning’s Phil Vickery. Great for spicing up British veg
Climate_Week: @KarenCannard @Foodcycle has given our EatLowCarbon action some great recipes for using up leftovers.Do u know of any other such rec sites?
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Climate Week on Twitter
Next week is Climate Week, Britain's biggest climate change campaign, which is raising awareness of the small changes we can make in working towards a more sustainable future. I'm proud that Week 8, the finale week of The Rubbish Diet challenge will be running alongside it.
Reducing waste is a key step to living more sustainably, bringing benefits from energy saved through recycling as well as preventing embedded resources being wasted across the whole of the production and supply chain. That especially applies to food and this will be something close to the hearts of those who are attempting the Zero Waste challenge for next week's Rubbish Diet finale.
It's great that one of the initiatives organised by this year's Climate Week campaign is Eat Low Carbon, encouraging consumers to reduce food waste, by shopping more carefully and using up leftovers, as well as other more sustainable options such as eating less meat & dairy and choosing local and season food.
I was invited by Climate Week to participate in a Twitter interview, ahead of their campaign, about my thoughts on food waste. Here's a copy of the interview from this morning. #CWCuisine is the hashtag used to help track discussions about Climate Week Cuisine.
I hope you enjoyed the interview and the challenge of me trying to squeeze my usual verbosity into 140 character answers. It was fun.