These days, it seems pretty much impossible to walk down the street without bumping into some kind of pop-up artisan food-slam jamboree. Call me cynical, I wouldn’t argue, however there is a nifty infographic here that suggests that 2.5 billion eat street food every day, or around a third of everyone. Every day.
So it’s fair to suggest that the market is more than a little saturated which means you’d have to something pretty special to get noticed.
Enter Feeding the 5000.
The free food festival that recently took over the streets of NYC and Washington, D.C was hosted by environmental organisation Feedback. It operates on the simple principle that all of the food on offer is recycled. Food trimming torte, excess vegetable pickle salad, and Michelin quality leftover-cookies along with talks and demos from professional chefs? Right this way sir!
While this is the kind of the idea that might seem like a novelty before being, politely, forgotten in favour of a new cute animal video, here are a few choice facts from the Feedback site to show the extent of the issue being tackled here:
A third of the world’s entire food supply could be saved by reducing waste- or enough to feed 3 billion people. And this would still leave enough surplus for countries to provide their populations with 130% of their nutritional requirements.
“Roughly one-third of the edible parts of food produced for human consumption gets lost or wasted globally, which is about 1.3 billion ton per year.”
4600 kilocalories per day of food are harvested for every person on the planet; of these, only around 2000 on average are eaten – more than half of it is lost on the way.
Those figures are, frankly, insane and any tasty solutions to a problem of that scale deserve to be recognized. And if this footage from a similar event in Brussels a couple of years ago this is less of a lecture on the ills of food waste and more of a straight up party.