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Three sculptures have been erected in London’s iconic South Bank calling on Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to finally take action on food waste.
Created by surplus food app and social impact company, Too Good To Go, the installation is available to view until 29 October and features giant sculptures of three of the UK’s most wasted food items: potatoes, milk and bread.
Demonstrating the scale of our food waste problem, the installation highlights the fact that 40% of all food is wasted globally, and that this food waste is responsible for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than aviation (2.5%), plastics (3.8%) and deforestation (2.2%) combined.
“It’s staggering that despite all the research to prove that food waste is causing climate change, it’s nowhere to be seen on the government’s agenda for COP26 or beyond. When you compare this to other climate issues like plastics, deforestation and aviation which are all getting the due attention they deserve, it begs the question: why isn’t food wasted taken as seriously?“ says Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go.
“Our hope is that this installation will kickstart some long overdue conversations about our global food waste crisis and inspire the government to step up by establishing tangible and concrete solutions in law, before it’s too late.”
Too Good To Go lets people buy surplus food and drink from pubs, restaurants, retailers and producers to stop it from going to waste. Consumers simply download the free Too Good To Go app and search for nearby businesses with unsold produce. They then purchase a ‘Magic Bag’, collect it at an allotted time and enjoy it.