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How I’m going to feed the 5,000

Waste is a huge problem that is easily solved by eating food rather than chucking it away

By Tristram Stuart   December 2009

On Wednesday 16th December, 5,000 people will have a free lunch in Trafalgar Square—made entirely from food that otherwise would have been wasted.

I myself have lived for years on food thrown away by supermarkets. But while researching my recent book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, I was surprised to find that supermarket waste was just one part of the problem. Further up the food supply chain, massive amounts of raw unblemished vegetable, fruit and animal produce are routinely discarded.

Why? Visiting farms around Britain, it is clear that farmers are as miffed about throwing away food as anybody…

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