Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Tackling food waste before the farm gate

This low-carbon food charity delivers the freshest produce from field to doorstep

Totnes, Devon, England

If food waste were a country, it would be the biggest single source of climate-harming carbon emissions after the US and China. Food charities already tackle this by repurposing food from supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste - but now they're going one step further to make sure their communities have better access to fresh food long term - and to reduce waste between field and plate still further.

David and Chantelle work with local farmers and producers to source the freshest quality, organic fruit and veg straight from farmers fields and orchards for the super-healthy meals that Food in Community put onto the plates of school children, toddlers and the elderly across the county - totalling than half a million to date. They're accessing the 16% of food waste that is created before it even leaves the farm gate - but it's not just about repurposing waste. Food in Community aims to bring the people who produce food and those who eat it closer together, to make sure food doesn't travel any further than it needs to - helping people, and helping the planet too.

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