THE ISSUE

A third of the world’s food supply is wasted yet a billion people are still going hungry.

In fact, all the world's hungry could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US, UK and Europe. Even the bread and other cereal products thrown away in UK households alone would do so for 30 million. A total 7.3 million tonnes of food was thrown away in the UK in 2015, which if prevented, would have the environmental benefit of taking one in four cars off the road.

 

THE COST OF ANIMAL FARMING

University of Edinburgh scientists found that more than 75% of the world's grain crop that is fed to livestock is wasted. This accounts for 40% of all losses of harvested crops. More shocking still when we consider 56% of water in the US is used just growing feed crops for livestock. 8.3 million hectares of land are required to produce just the meat and dairy products wasted in UK homes and in US homes, shops and restaurants.

 

SUPERMARKETS

Wastage has become an integral part of the manufacturing process. Marks and Spencer insist its sandwich suppliers ditch four slices from each loaf they produce (the crust and first slice at either end) totalling 13,000 slices of fresh bread a day. Up to an estimated 40% of UK fruit and veg are rejected before they reach the shops, mostly due to the supermarkets' cosmetic standards. This even happens in countries like Kenya where millions of people are hungry.

 

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THE CAUSE

We're proud to donate all profits to RCK Hackney:

“We will be using the donation to buy a bike trailer which will help us to reach more of the local homeless communities by serving meals on wheels. A trailer will also help us to run our second weekly service night, which will open in Bethnal Green from January. Since our appearance at Show of Hands, we've been offered the use of a professional restaurant kitchen which is going to take us to a new heights in 2018 - please get in touch if you'd like to be a part of our new chapter and help us continue to serve the community that's been left behind in Hackney, with the food that's been left behind in Hackney.”

Bob Trafford & Olivia Hanson
RCK Hackney

THE ARTISTS

Bene Pooley, Bloody Bishop (winner), Bruno Perrier, Charlie Costello, Derya Adiyaman, Lottie Turner, Maia Johnson, Paul Chirnside, Sammy Murphy, Simon Milner

 
 

Event photography by Claire Trosch