Food Waste is one of the biggest crimes of our time. I’ll cover the issue in greater length in a future post, but today I wanted to focus on a nice piece of technology, doing it’s part to reduce the increasing wastage.
The US wastes nearly 40% of all it’s food supply each year. The UK wastes a staggering 4.2 billion tonnes of food and drink per year. To put that into more manageable figures and to help us visualize, that’s about £60 worth of food waste per month, per household or 24 basic meals per month!
Waste has become normal, but 60% of UK’s monthly food waste is perfectly edible and this news becomes even less palatable when we start to consider the desperate rise in FoodBank use across the UK, with some UK FoodBank charities reporting annual rises of up-to 51% in client numbers.
The fundamental issue of food waste is the one that needs to be tackled, but in a positive marriage of technology and social impact, PareUp, a Brooklyn-based mobile phone Application company, has found an ingenious solution to much of the food industry’s unnecessary daily waste. The app links-up the unwanted surplus of restaurants and food retailers with local consumers- either at knock-down discount price or sometimes even for free!
Any restaurant or local retailer posts details of their surplus to the app, locals in the area get the notification and go pick it up. It’s as simple as that- saving good quality produce from dump, building local connections and filling tummies. It’s a win all round.
The App was still in development at the time of writing……