What’s the Pig Idea? Read on to find out more:
Some times there are events that have it all. Free lunch sounds good doesn’t it? How about free lunch demonstrated by a line-up of celebrity chefs? Thomasina Miers, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Bruno Loubet are among the luminaries who will be on stage in Trafalgar Square on 21st November between 12 noon and 4pm. There will be free lunch for up to five thousand people, cookery demonstrations and a great party atmosphere.
What does all this have to do with pigs? Apart, of course, from the fact that the menu is pig-centric. Well, it’s all to raise awareness of a campaign calling for pigs to be fed on waste and surplus food rather than crops that people could eat such as South American soy. The pig idea is campaigning for the removal of the EU ban on feeding certain types of food waste (including catering waste) to pigs, along with encouraging supermarkets to divert permissible food waste to be fed to livestock right now.
The champion of the campaign, is Tristram Stuart, fooder of the food waste reduction campaign ‘Feeding the 5000’ and author of ‘Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal’. He’s done a sterling job of rounding up support from stars of the food world. From Giles Coren to Stevie Parle – the event will be hosted by ‘Hambassadors’ who support the cause. And the menu will be created from eight pigs reared at Stepney City farm on a healthy menu of food that would otherwise have been wasted including whey from a Peckham dairy, okara and unsold vegetables from a catering supplier.
Right at the bottom of the press release I got about this campaign was a startling fact.
The UN estimates feeding food waste to livestock could liberate enough grain to feed an extra 3 billion people.
Find out more yourself and grab a free lunch in the process…
The Pig Idea will be in Trafalgar Square on 21st November from 12 noon to 4pm. For more information check out their website.