UNEP Launches Leftover Recipe Competition

‘Love your leftovers’ is the call for a new online competition starting today as part of the buildup to World Environment Day

Europe/Nairobi, 1 April 2013--The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through its GreenUp! initiative is launching a competition that asks global citizens to show their love for leftovers, and submit a recipe that they use to clean out the fridge.

The Love Your Leftovers competition runs from today until 26 May, with the overall winning recipe and contributor announced on World Environment Day on 5 June 2013 -- with a top mystery first prize up for grabs, and 20 exclusive Vivienne Westwood GreenUp t-shirts going to runners-up.

Facebook users can submit their entries directly onto the GreenUp! facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GreenUp.UNEP), ideally with photos of their creations, so dig out those soggy vegetables from the bottom of the fridge, empty your tupperware boxes, and start thinking of your most luscious leftover creations.

Love your leftovers aims at making a meaningful contribution to UNEP’s new global campaign called ‘Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint’ to reduce food waste and food losses around the world.

‘Think.Eat.Save - Reduce Your Foodprint’

A recent study has revealed that worldwide about one-third of all food produced gets lost or wasted in the food production and consumption systems. Almost half of this quantity is the result of retailers and consumers in industrialized regions discarding food that is fit for consumption. The total quantity wasted is about 300 million tons which is more than the total net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa. It would be sufficient to feed the estimated 900 million people hungry in the world.

There are lots of reasons why this is happening. But what is clear is that wasting food means wasting money in a big way both at the household level and in businesses throughout the supply chain – about $200 billion annually in industrialized regions to be exact.

In a world of seven billion people rising to over nine billion by 2050 wasting food makes no sense—economically, environmentally and morally. It means not only money down the drain, but all the energy, land, water, fertilizers and other inputs needed to grow and distribute that food in the first place.

By planning their weekly meals or learning how to cook and store leftovers households can save food and also saving money spent each week.

We all need to THINK about and be mindful of our food consumption patterns, we all need to EAT, and we all need to SAVE food, especially in developed countries and among the middle classes of the developing ones. If we can ‘Reduce our Foodprint’, we can reduce humanity’s impact on our planet.

Note to the editors

- GreenUp is a UNEP initiative that provides resources to citizens to help them connect their everyday choices to support the transition to a Green Economy. Learn more at http://www.greenup-unep.org or http://www.facebook.com/GreenUp.UNEP 

- The Think.Eat.Save Campaign contributes to the FAO/UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme. The UN Environment Programme and the Save Food Initiative of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN and Messe Düsseldorf, in partnership with WRAP UK, Feeding the 5000, and many other supporters http://www.thinkeatsave.org

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