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>Feed Melbourne Campaign – 2010

07 Jun

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“Feed Melbourne raises money for food charities such as FareShare to help them rescue, store and distribute good food that would otherwise go to the tip. . . .One-third of the money raised goes to FareShare and two-thirds will go to other food charities.”
(see the full article from Leader community news HERE)

I’ve been wanting this kind of initiative to take place for ages now, ever since I read about how much food gets wasted every day. With a sibling who works as a chef, too, it makes me very aware of the consumption levels out there, and how much material has to fuel the hospitality industry (or gets wasted).

I did wonder whether this kind of thing would interrupt the activities of freegans (there’s an engaging article about freegans by Emma Rush from the Canberra-based Australia Institute HERE [pdf]). I found this article from the Courier-Mail (that very reputatble Queensland rag) about Ko Oishi, who was an environmental science/conservation student living the freegan lifestyle.

Ok, have just done way too much googling about freegans. Must. Stop. Now.

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2 Comments

Posted by on 07/06/2010 in food

 

2 responses to “>Feed Melbourne Campaign – 2010

  1. e

    08/06/2010 at 2:01 pm

    >first heard about freegans when i was living in wellington. every day i pass the local shops and think about going through the gates when the trucks are there to pick up food. we sometimes get the ugly fruit from the local fruit and veg store. g is v. good at getting people to give him seconds. but yes…so much wastage in the world. I wonder what happens to unsold books and clothes. I've always thought people who write better write something worth the paper its printed on. but then again, it can always be recycled as toilet paper. though i have difficulties getting rid of books – even really bad ones.oh and the bakeries throw out a lot of food as well…so much wastage.

     
  2. tseen

    11/06/2010 at 12:23 am

    >I can't remember when I first heard about freegans, but my most recent 'reading' about freegans (aside from googling around for that last entry) was in a Kerry Greenwood novel (one of the Corinna Chapman books). I learn so much from fiction, it's not funny. And, yes, bakeries are particularly prone to wastage. I have seen them sell 'day-old' products in bags for bargain prices. Unsold books (from shops) get sent back to publishers for pulping? I think that's what happens to books/mags from the bigger chains, anyway. Charity/op shops supposedly had a tough time when everyone was panicked about the GFC – the quality of stuff they were getting became abysmal (NZ op-shops had to import material from Australia!).

     

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