Using food waste as pig feed
APPG on Agroecology Meeting
Tuesday October 15th, 10am – 11:30am
Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Chair: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
Huge quantities of food are wasted every year, with up to a third of global food produced ending up as landfill according to international reports. In the final instance this contributes to the fact that up to 1 billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and malnutrition. While there are various policies that could address reducing the amount of food waste in the first place, this meeting will look specifically at the potential for using the waste that does exist in an efficient and sustainable way.
The meeting will hear from several speakers on the ways in which food waste can be recycled by feeding it to pigs. Although food waste was a traditional source of pig feed historically, in recent decades it has been replaced by grains and protein crops, primarily wheat and soybeans. Following the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001, feeding food waste to pigs was banned, first in the UK and then in Europe as a whole.
The meeting will discuss whether this ban is still necessary and how food waste can safely be fed to pigs.
Feeding the 5000/The Pig Idea
Tristram Stuart is the author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009) which revealed that Western countries waste up to half of their food, and that tackling this problem is one of the simplest ways of reducing pressure on the environment and on global food supplies. Tristram set up the Feeding the 5000 (www.feeding5k.org), the flagship event of a global food waste campaign where 5000 members of the public are given a free lunch using only ingredients that otherwise would have been wasted. His latest project is The Pig Idea, which is currently raising 8 pigs on Stepney City Farm using legally available food waste from a range of catering establishments.
Chief Executive, Compassion In World Farming
Philip Lymbery is the CEO of leading international farm welfare organisation, Compassion in World Farming and prominent commentator on the effects of industrial farming. Under his leadership, Compassion’s prestigious awards have included Observer Ethical Award for Campaigner of the Year and BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming awards for Best Campaigner and Educator. He is a life-long wildlife enthusiast and lives in rural Hampshire with his wife and step-son.
Director of Ecolateral
Peter T Jones was until May 2008 a Director of Biffa Waste Services Limited. He now operates as a freelance adviser in matters strategic relating to the waste, carbon and materials efficiency agenda. Peter retired as Chair of the DEFRA/DTI Resource Efficiency knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in Summer 2009 but continues as a Board member of the reformed Resource Efficiency KTN. In 2003 he became a member of the DEFRA New Technologies Demonstrator Programme, their Data Advisory Panel, and the Sustainable Consumption and Production Taskforce (for which he Chaired a subcommittee looking at the issues around distributed energy systems in the UK which reported in 2008). He has given evidence to a range of Parliamentary Select Committees over the years on waste, sustainability, resource efficiency.
Simon Fairlie, Author of Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Simon Fairlie worked for 20 years as an agricultural labourer, vineworker, shepherd, fisherman, builder and stonemason before being ensnared by the computer in 1990. He was a co-editor of The Ecologist magazine for four years, before joining a community farm in 1994 where he managed the cows, pigs and a working horse for ten years. He now runs Chapter 7, an organization that provides planning advice to smallholders and other low income people in the countryside. He is also editor of The Land magazine, and earns a living by selling scythes. He is the author of Low Impact Development: Planning and People in a Sustainable Countryside.