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What is FareShare and how FareShare overcome food waste?

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There are lots of high quality of good surplus that go to waste. The question is how can we overcome this food waste? The main question arises is how to connect people that have more food to the one that needs food? Providing service or tool as a mediator in between two parties is needed in order to tackle food waste, fight hunger and reduce global warming. Fareshare is one of the mediators that distributes food from supplier to the people that need it the most.

 

FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. The way Fareshare fulfill its aimed is by rescuing good quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to almost 10,000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom.

 

In between, 2016/2017 FareShare rescued 17,000 tonnes of food which would have otherwise gone to waste or landfill. FareShare works with all sectors of the supply chain; producers, manufacturers, and retailers. All of the major UK food retailers have encouraged their suppliers to work with FareShare to minimise food waste. FareShare has also run two successful food drives with both Sainsbury’sand Tesco. In February 2018, the charity announced a three year £20 million partnership with ASDA and The Trussell Trust with the aim of helping more than one million people out of food poverty over the next three years.

 

FareShare contributed towards more than 36.7 million meals in 2016/17, which equates to feeding over 772,000 people a week. The food FareShare supplies enable the charity sector to make £28.7 million in savings per year. This food is delivered to a broad range of frontline charities and community groups across the UK including homeless shelters, day centres, women’s refuge centres, and children’s breakfast clubs.

 

Awards

In 2010 FareShare won “Britain’s Most Admired Charity” at the Third Sector awards. In 2017 the charity won “Charity of the Year” at both the Charity Times awards and Third Sector Awards, and was selected for the Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal.

 

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Why there are so many foods being wasted?

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There are several numbers of reasons why there are so many foods being wasted. From unconscious decision until the waste by choice. Reasons for food waste is various and came from a different angle. Here are some of the reasons why so many foods are wasted every day:

 

1. Waste by Choice

It involves the feeling of wanting to have a different kind of food at any time in our refrigerator without considering whether or not the food is needed. In other words, we might not necessarily want to waste food, but to fulfill our ‘unconscious need’, we waste the food we bought from the supermarket. Research shows that most of us will feel less guilty if we throw away food from the refrigerator after being kept for a few days or weeks. As of this reason, many foods from developed country is wasted from the house.

 

2. The size of our plate

What many people don’t notice is that the size of our plate, could to some extent, determine food waste. Since 1996, the size of a plate has increased by 36%. Unconsciously, this makes people serve more food, regardless of whether or not they need it. In consequences of that, many foods are being wasted from the plate as what is served is tend to be more than what is needed.

 

3. The myth of not buying the ‘only one item left’

Have you ever noticed that when there is only one item left in the supermarket section, for example, one banana left, people tend not to but it? The caused of it came from an unconscious belief that something is wrong with the food that is only left alone/one left. Therefore, the only item left in each section of the supermarket tends to be wasted instead of used.

 

4. Perfect shapes of the products

Related to the other point that was discussed earlier, some company would rather throw away the un-perfect shape of certain products instead of using it. This is due to consumer tendency not to buy products that have an un-normal shape. Hence, another food is wasted simply because the shape is not perfect.

 

5. Some people and/or company scared that they will get sued if they donate food

The myth is, some people and/or company scared that if they donate food that no longer for sale, they might get sued. When in fact, in the US, the people or company that give a donation in good faith is protected by the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act of 1996. However, many people unaware of it and tend to feel the fear of the myth of getting sued for giving food donation that is no longer for sale.

 

 

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Disadvantage of food waste

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At glance, food waste doesn’t seem like a big problem. However, if we look deep into it, food waste has caused some serious damages. The number of food waste has increased quite significantly since 1976. In the UK, 13 billions of food go to waste each year. Meanwhile, in the US, 40% of food produced never gets eaten, meaning that 165 billions dollars worth of food is thrown away every year. It could fill 730 football stadiums every year! Seeing how many people in the world, or even within a particular country, live in hunger and malnutrition, this situation is inequitable. Within this, there are many disadvantages of food waste, this article with cover some of those including, environmental issues, morally unacceptable in the case of fighting hunger, and the was of labour, time, as well as natural resources.

 

1. Environmental Issue

Food that is wasted is bad for the environment. It increases global warming and climate change. Food waste, for instance, banana that is thrown to the landfill, will decompose without access to oxygen and creates methane (CH3). Methane (CH3) is 23 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide (CO2). Meaning that it could cause damage to the environment faster than carbon dioxide.

 

2. Morally Unacceptable – Fighting Hunger

Food waste is morally unacceptable as one people could throw away something that means a lot to the other. For instance, many people live in hunger and poverty, not being able to access food, while there are people that fortunate enough to have more than enough food every day, and somehow, managed to waste it. In other words, food waste is promoting inequality. This could be seen from a wider landscape, where one country has a very poor living condition and unable to provide food to the people, while in other countries, there are many surpluses that goes to waste – and also could be seen from a smaller landscape when it happens in one particular country. In the UK for instance, even the UK is categorised as a developed country and relatively wealth, there are still many people unable to access food and live in hunger.

 

3. Waste of Labour, Time, and Natural Resources

In both developing and developed country, most of the food waste came from the excessive amount of food production (surplus) that ended up being wasted, due to various reasons. In other words, food waste is not only bad for the environment and morally unacceptable, but also wasting time, labour and natural resources that are needed to produce the food. All of these things could be allocated for something else instead of for producing food that will end up being wasted.

 

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What is food waste?

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The simple definition of food waste is the food that is not consumed and therefore, has to be wasted somewhere else. There are different definitions of food waste from different organisations and state such as:

 

  • The United Nations defines food waste as removal of food from the food supply chain which is or was at some point fit for human consumption, or which has spoiled or expired, mainly caused by economic behaviour, poor stock management or neglect.

 

  • According to the European Union, food waste was described as ‘any food substance, raw or cooked, which is discarded, or intended or required to be discarded’.

 

  • Meanwhile, the United States sees food waste as ‘uneaten food and food preparation wastes from residences and commercial establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants, and produce stands, institutional cafeterias and kitchens, and industrial sources like employee lunchrooms.’

 

Food waste could cause serious damage, to the environment and the moral ethics behind it is not right. For instance, many people live in hunger and poverty, not being able to access food, while there are people that fortunate enough to have more than enough food every day, and somehow, managed to waste it. In other words, food waste is promoting inequality. This could be seen from a wider landscape, where one country has a very poor living condition and unable to provide food to the people, while in other countries, there are many surpluses that go to waste – and also could be seen from a smaller landscape when it happens in one particular country. In the UK for instance, even the UK is categorised as a developed country and relatively wealth, there are still many people unable to access food and live in hunger.

 

Fareshare, as a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, has contributed towards more than 36.7 million meals in 2016/2017, which equates to feeding over 772,000 people a week.

 

 

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We fight hunger and tackle food waste across the North East. We supply 738,192 meals to people in need every year.

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