Monday, 27 September, 2021

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Italian chef to lead global campaign against food waste, loss

Popular Italian chef Massimo Bottura is a well-respected social change agent.

Together with his wife Lara Gilmore, they use their non-profit organization Food for Soul to address food waste and social isolation in the Italian City of Modena.

In recognition of these efforts, the UN Environment has made him a global goodwill ambassador.

“If we can use all of the ingredients to the fullest potential, we will reduce the amount of waste we are creating and shop more efficiently. I will fight to reduce this global shame.”

Massimo Bottura, UN Goodwill Ambassador

Bottura’s work is well cut out.

UNEP estimates thatone-third of all food produced – about 1.3 billion tonnes – is wasted or lost each year.

In fact, Food loss and waste generates eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“There is no room for food loss and waste, especially as millions across the world go hungry. The pandemic is a wake-up call reminding us of the urgent need to transform our relationship with nature, and in particular, rethink the way we produce and consume food. I am delighted that Massimo Bottura, who is already making a difference through his Refettorios, is joining forces with UNEP to help bring real change.”

Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director

The UN believes there is the need to expand global consciousness and understanding of food loss and waste, by taking action with simple steps in cooking, preparing and storing that will not only make a difference in homes but across communities.

With Bottura – whose Food for Soul has saved over 125 tonnes, 175K pounds of imperfect food surplus from landfill transforming ingredients into over a half million nourishing meals for those experiencing social isolation and vulnerability – this drive could become a reality.