It’s thyme for food waste to bite the crust!

Tearfund’s, Kit Powney, explores what you can do to try and reduce your food waste.

I wanna taco to you about food waste…okay, I know it’s cheesy, but I just really think tackling food waste is really grate, okay, okay, I promise not to waffle on with too many puns.

Seriously though, earlier this year I found out that a third of all food grown in the world is never eaten!

Doesn’t that just drive you bananas?

In the UK alone, that is enough food to fill Wembley stadium nine times every year! When there are so many people going hungry in the world, that just can’t be right. And that’s not the only thing either, all the resources used to grow and transport the food has a big carbon footprint, making climate change worse and leading to more droughts, floods and less reliable rain.

This impact of climate change leaves many people around the world in poverty struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Remember the story when Jesus generously fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. In this story, Jesus shows us another way to live, the leftovers were a vital part of the story. Jesus said ‘Gather up all the pieces. Let nothing be wasted.’ (John 6:12). Jesus is calling each of us to be good stewards of all that he has given us.

So this year, we have joined with churches around the world to show our love for God and our neighbours through the Renew Our World campaign. Together we are pledging to renew our relationship with food and asking supermarkets to do the same.

The UN have set a Global Goal to cut food waste in half by 2030, from farm to fork. We can reach it, but only if we all do our bit.

In the last year or so my husband and I have been experimenting with whatever is left in our fridge. From a classic banana bread with old banana to a more eccentric ‘everything under the sun’ curry or whizzing up that soggy spinach into a peanut butter smoothie. So now that I’ve whetted your appetite to get involved, here are some bite-sized ways you can use your food to the full:

  1. Refuse to buy more food than you need.
  2. Reduce the amount that goes into your landfill bin.
  3. Share our food wasting tips with your friends and family.
  4.  Take Action here and tell supermarkets it’s time for food waste to bite the crust!

Join us as we raisin the roof on food waste! Take action today

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