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Food Waste: Whose Responsibility is it?

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Food Waste Whose responsibility is it

In partnership with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Across the UK, one-third of all food is wasted. As climate change is beginning to threaten crop yields, reducing our food waste presents a potential way to help mitigate this threat to global food security.

To determine if reducing food waste is a realistic solution we must understand where the burden of responsibility lies. With the food producers themselves, with packagers and sellers, or with consumers?

Representatives from different stages of the food cycle: production, consumption and post-consumption process, explore where the responsibility of food waste lies, how reduction in food waste could mitigate food insecurity and discuss projects that aim to reduce food waste.

Ollie Chesworth’s research at the University of Sheffield explores what role places like community kitchens and other alternative food spaces play in the local area in relation to healthy and affordable food.

Sheffield-based wholefood shop, greengrocers and organic veg box supplier selling produce since 1986. Beanies is also a worker co‑op with 11 members, two trainee members and 12 part‑time staff.

Rene Meijer joined Food Works Sheffield when it was founded in 2015 as ‘The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield’ and is the current CEO. Food Works is a social enterprise that aspires to create a more sustainable and fair food system in Sheffield.

David is the co-founder of Future Greens - an urban farming start-up that is growing a range of produce grown in an innovative substrate of their own design, and supplying local retailers in Sheffield.

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