Rubbish food? It’s one way to reduce your wedding costs

British couple fighting food waste to serve food thrown away by stores at nuptials

Figures from the United Nations’ food agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), show that about one third - or 1.3 billion tonnes - of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year. File photograph: Getty Images

Figures from the United Nations’ food agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), show that about one third - or 1.3 billion tonnes - of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year. File photograph: Getty Images

 

A British couple committed to tackling the massive amount of food wasted daily will be serving their wedding guests a meal with a difference this weekend - everything will have been thrown out by local food stores.

Environmentally friendly couple Nicola Hedges and Christopher McKenna are making a bold statement when getting married in Northampton in central England on August 6th.

The bride and groom will feed their 80 guests a meal for “freegans” - defined in the Oxford Dictionaries as people seeking to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods.

Elsie’s Caf, the local restaurant catering for the wedding, said only recycled food would be served on the happy day.

‘First rubbish wedding’

“It’s the first rubbish wedding we have ever done,” the cafe’s co-owner Shena Cooper told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Elsie’s Caf serves meals made from ingredients deemed either damaged or past their sell-by date by supermarkets and other local food stores.

Figures from the United Nations’ food agency, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), show that about one third - or 1.3 billion tonnes - of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year.

These losses and waste amount to about $680 billion (€605 billion) in industrialised countries and $310 billion in developing countries, the FAO said.

Hedges (48), a nursery worker, told the local Northampton Chronicle & Echo newspaper that everything at the wedding would be reusable and recyclable, with a purple wedding dress bought on EBay and wild flowers donated by friends and family.

“Hooray to using rubbish food,” Hedges wrote on her Twitter account.

Reuters