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# food waste

Last year
2022
# food waste
UK labour shortage causes unpicked food to rot in fields
Ukrainians had temporarily partly filled the gap but since the Russian invasion many have been stuck in their homeland.
All time
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Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food with 41% of people admitting they throw it out
We seemed to be less wasteful with food during lockdown.
# food waste
Store spuds outside the bag: Tips and tricks for reducing your food waste
Here are some handy ideas to make sure you get the most out of your weekly shop.
# food waste
'A hidden problem': Up to half of food provided to patients in Irish hospitals is not eaten
The HSE said it is working to implement guidelines in hospitals to address food waste.
# food waste
Public urged not to put food waste down the sink to prevent 'fatbergs' building up
Over €7 million is spent every year by Irish Water dealing with fatbergs in public pipes.
# uk initiative
Lidl doesn't plan to launch its £1.50 damaged fruit and veg boxes in Ireland
The scheme is being rolled out across of all Lidl’s stores in England, Scotland and Wales.
Voices
From the garden: Grow, Cook, Eat is back on TV this month and we'll be tackling food waste
We’ll be teaching you to grow onions, pumpkins, sweetcorn, courgettes, kale, beans and chillis for all shapes and sizes of gardens, writes Michael Kelly.
# food for thought
‘It’s a bit like Ready Steady Cook’: How FoodCloud and charities are fighting food poverty in the west of Ireland
As charities see demand increase this Christmas, the team behind FoodCloud is making things a little easier.
# food waste
Researchers say plastic is 'indispensable' so they're trying to make it more sustainable
Some 500,000 tonnes of plastic waste from the EU end up in the sea every year.
# not very a peeling
A third of fruit and veg 'too ugly' to sell
More than 50 million tonnes of fruits and vegetables are discarded each year in Europe.
# a lidl bit better
Lidl Ireland not rolling out cheaper prices for damaged fruit and veg as this is already donated to charity
Branches in Great Britain have started offering five kilo boxes of slightly damaged produce for £1.50.
# food waste
Plans for new plant in Laois to turn brown bin waste into renewable gas
This gas will be injected into the national grid for supply through the existing gas network to homes and commercial businesses.
# Rubbish
'Why are you throwing away so many chips?': How east Cork is tackling its food waste
A new initiative is helping businesses move towards a zero food waste strategy.
# crisis levels
China took 95% of Ireland's plastic waste - but now it's changed its mind and we're in trouble
Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in the European Union.
# bin it
Plans to encourage shoppers to remove food packaging and recycle at supermarket exits
Minister Denis Naughten is looking at introducing large-scale recycling bins outside supermarkets in a bid to tackle waste at source.
# Rubbish
Farmers use maggots to tackle China's mountain of food waste
There is a lot of money to be made from maggot animal feed and manure.
# waste not to want not
Do you waste food? This Dragons' Den investor wants supermarkets and shoppers to cut it out
Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste per year.
# Feed The World
Supermarkets' obsession with perfect produce is causing massive food waste
The UN said this week that if it was reversed, then the wastage could feed the worlds’ hungry.
# foodcloud
How does it feel to pitch to Richard Branson for €1.2m? This Irish company is about to find out...
Foodcloud’s Iseult Ward is among six finalists who will pitch to the Virgin Group founder for a share of the €1.2 million prize.
# wasteful
Should we ban supermarkets from destroying edible food?
France introduced a similar law recently.
# were you going to eat that?
It is now illegal in France for supermarkets to throw away food
But they can donate it all to charities, or for animal feed.
# Social Entrepreneurs
How two students saved enough food for 325,000 meals from the rubbish
Meet some of Ireland’s most promising “social entrepreneurs” who were awarded for their work last night.
# bin juice
Someone's come up with a fix for the 'brown bin' smell
Entrepreneurs will stock product in Dunnes Stores – but reckon it will be a hit export too.
# food waste
Are 'buy one get one free' offers just filling up your bins?
A House of Lords Committee in the UK has blamed supermarkets for adding to high levels of food waste with these offers but experts in Ireland said everyone has their part to play in reducing this.
# foodcloud
This infographic shows just how much food we waste
1.3bn tonnes, in fact.
# Eat or Freeze it
Irish households 'waste €700 a year' throwing out rotten food
SafeFood says the average home could save quite a bit of money by adopting a “eat it or freeze it” model.
# in the bin
Why half of the world's food goes to waste
Mechanical Engineers Institute explains wastage occurs both at farmer-producer end of food chain and consumer level.
# food waste
Want to cut food waste? Check the dates, says safefood
New research by safefood shows that almost a third of consumers believe ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates on food labels mean the same thing.
# food waste
Feeding the 5000: How food wastage inspired a movement
Feeding the 5000 will hold an event in Dublin on 24 November where 5000 people will be fed a free meal using food that wouldn’t reach supermarkets – despite being perfectly edible.
# Waste
Irish restaurants lose €125m per year by throwing away food: survey
One-in-two people admit to regularly over ordering and leaving food behind, according to new research.
Voices
Column: We throw a third of our food away - and it's polluting our country
As famine hits in Somalia, a mind-boggling amount of Irish food is literally piling up in landfills. Tara Connolly explains.