Building a just and sustainable food system in Coventry

Food waste in Cov

Food waste?!There has been a lot of talk about food waste recently…

The Pod organised their first Real Junk Food Takeover on the 21st of October, a fascinating catering initiative using intercepted food.

The chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is running his War on Waste episodes and pledge, raising awareness about wastage of all sorts of resources, from food to fabric…

RAWKUS, RAG and War on Hunger (University of Warwick) are organising another Disco Soup, on Wednesday 25th November at the University of Warwick. This is a free event during which people are invited to cook  and eat a soup, made with veg that would otherwise go to waste. All this listening to good music!

And anti-food-waste organisations are uniting their strengths to demonstrate on Sunday 29th November in London, before the big talks about Climate Change (COP21) start in France.

It’s great to see that – using different means and at different scales – there are many initiatives raising awareness about the colossal amounts of food being wasted every day… Food waste is a waste of resources, a waste of money, a waste of time and energy. It is a sign of our problematic food system and it has a big impact on climate change too. All good reasons to do something about it!

The Coventry Food Justice Network is interested in food waste too, because this is not simply about agriculture, it is about social justice! We are planning a food waste awareness event in the spring 2016 in Coventry: a fun event to talk about our experiences and share skills (food growing, cooking, storing, preserving…) and, above all, to celebrate good, healthy, fair food!

If you’re interested in joining the preparations, drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you!

1 Comment

  1. Carla Carla
    November 25, 2015    

    And here’s another interesting article sent by Colin about what’s going on in Canada!:
    “Donating ‘edible waste’ to food banks in exchange for tax credit? Now that’s a rubbish idea” by Valerie Tarasuk

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Food Justice is a call for a fairer food system. It considers food to be a human right. It involves communities working together to build more just and sustainable food systems. It questions the limits of charity-based emergency food aid as the dominant solution to food poverty. It challenges how differences based on race, class, gender and culture determine who benefits and who is put at risk from how food is grown, processed, distributed, accessed & eaten. It involves collective practical and political learning and action amongst a diversity of citizens and especially those most excluded from the current food system.

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