You might expect a lunch meeting at the UN for 30 world leaders might include a menu of lobster, filet mignon and carefully selected produce for an exquisite salad. They were served none of that. Instead, the group met to discuss climate change and hunger and the menu that was prepared was a reflection of that discussion. Instead of expensive seafood and steaks, the food served consisted of leftovers, food scraps and produce that would normally be thrown away by restaurants and stores, GoodNewsNetwork reports. The meal is being called a “Landfill Lunch.”
Chefs Sam Kass and Dan Barber made the meal, which was vegetarian and included “a salad made out of vegetable scraps, veggie burgers made from leftover pulp from juicing, and a ‘cocoa husk custard’ dessert created with parts of cocoa beans usually discarded when making chocolate,” according to GoodNewsNetwork. The goal of this menu was to bring the issue of food waste (roughly a billion tons is wasted worldwide each year) to global leaders. Because the wasted food winds up in landfills that produce greenhouse gases, it is a big contributor to climate changes.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told GoodNewsNetwork that the consensus of those at the lunch was “that the UN must ‘strengthen resilience to climate impacts.’”
What are your suggestions for eliminating (or at least reducing) food waste and thereby strengthening resilience to climate changes?