This is Rubbish comes to CAT
FEASTING ON throw-away food, CHALLENGING INDUSTRY waste
This is Rubbish celebrates its “Feast” tour finale at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
This is Rubbish will celebrate the end of its successful summer tour “Feast” with a food waste symposium, “Forum and Feast”, at The Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, on the 5th November 2011. The program includes a panel discussion with Adrian Morley, Research Associate and coordinator of food research at Cardiff University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, and Dr Andy Rees, Head of the Welsh Government Waste Strategy Unit. There will also be breakout participatory workshops, a cinema screening of DIVE! and an exhibition. The event will close with a bang with a theatrical food waste feast in the evening. Expect service with a sparkler and original after-dinner entertainment. Book tickets by visiting www.cat.org.uk or www.thisisrubbish.org.uk
“Feast”, a food waste tour of Wales organised by This is Rubbish and supported by ITV Wales’ Welsh People’s Millions, has investigated the shocking facts of food waste in Wales and stimulated ways for people to use food more carefully. Through free, food-related arts events, workshops, and public feasts on food that would otherwise have been thrown away, the Feast tour has fired people’s imagination - winning This is Rubbish the public vote at Hay Festival’s Green Dragons Den Contest.
Mentored by food policy experts Geoff Tansey, Tim Lang, Carolyn Steel and Peter Gingold, This is Rubbish has also engaged with food waste policy issues. During the Feast tour, the group met with waste policy advisors at the Welsh Government; submitted a consultation response to the Welsh Government’s Food Manufacture Service Retail Sector Plan; and discussed food waste with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), academics, food wholesalers and representatives from ten of the largest UK food retailers. This is Rubbish co-founder Kate Blair says, “ We’ve been encouraged by progressive plans from the Welsh Government to tackle industry-level food waste in Wales. But we haven’t found tangible results or evidence for progressive change across the UK. We think that the government is not tackling food waste hard enough.”
“Forum and Feast” will be an opportunity to discuss how to move forward with This is Rubbish proposals for food waste policy changes. Based on what they have learned from the Feast tour and their policy discussions, This is Rubbish propose two key policy changes: a mandatory, industry-wide introduction of annual food waste audits; and the introduction of ambitious food waste reduction targets. They call on the UK government to introduce a policy that shifts the waste reduction focus from the consumer to big businesses, since 60% of food waste is generated in the food industry.
This is Rubbish are also developing plans for 2012. These include opening a food waste multi-purpose hub in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, continuing policy- and business-focused food waste prevention and reduction campaigns and transforming the “Feast” tour into an annual Welsh food waste Feastival, uniting the arts and sustainable fare, as well as touring Feast on a smaller scale to events in and beyond Wales.
For further information please contact:
This is Rubbish, The Centre for Alternative Technology
Tel: 01654 703021 Mob: 07828473864