Every year around one-third of the food that we grow worldwide never makes it to the dinner table. That is about 1.3bn tonnes of perfectly edible produce that is being discarded. And it is not just the food that is going to waste, it is the energy and the land and the resources that it took to grow it in the first place.
Adam Smith's 'Real Junk Food Project' in the UK intercepts this food to serve at his 'pay-as-you-feel' Leeds-based cafe. Located in the deprived area of Armley it serves up everything from spicy lentil soup to beef goulash to its customers, some of whom might not otherwise be able to afford to eat. Last year, almost a million people in the UK relied on food banks just to get by - nearly three times as many as the year before. So it is no surprise that Adam's idea is spreading.
One year since opening, Adam has forged relationships with major restaurants and businesses and the project has grown from one cafe to 70 franchise restaurants now opening worldwide. But ultimately Adam is waging a campaign against the laws and companies that mean colossal amounts of food are wasted in the first place.
Every cafe in the network keeps meticulous records of the food they collect, creating an unprecedented database of food waste, which Adam hopes will expose the sheer scale of waste and provoke change.
Join Russell Beard in the UK to meet a local chef who is kickstarting a global movement to fight back against food waste.
Source: Al Jazeera