Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark
(Stop Spild Af Mad)
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The mission of Stop Wasting Food movement
The mission of the Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark (Stop Spild Af Mad) is to raise awareness about food waste - and to contribute to a positive and lasting change.
In Denmark we annually waste a 16 billion DKK worth of food. That is equivalent to 2.15 billion EUR or 2.93 billion US $. This is simply unacceptable in a world, where famine claims the lives of 15 million children every year!
In addition, food waste is also harmful to the environment, as both food production and waste disposal contribute to the emission of CO2.
Who we are and what we do
Stop Wasting Food is Denmark's largest movement of private consumers against food waste - a non-profit NGO, created by the consumers for the consumers.
The movement is founded to raise public awareness about food waste through campaigns, publicity, press, discussions, debate, events and other information channels - and to equip consumers to minimize food waste. Stop Wasting Food also inspires consumers to act locally, for example by donating edible surplus food to shelters for homeless people.
Stop Wasting Food is proud to be supported by several thousands of Danish consumers, Members of the Danish Parliament, Members of the European Parliament, top chefs and Michelin restaurants, as well as leading Danish food personalities. Among the prominent supporters of the movement is Denmark's former Prime Minister Mr. Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.
Stop Wasting Food continues to put food waste on the agenda. The organisation has established itself as Denmark's leading expert on food waste and has appeared in numerous articles, radio and TV shows: 500+ articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as more than 40+ radio and 34 TV appearances. Among them BBC News and German TV channel ARTE. In the short time the movement has existed, the discourse regarding food waste in Denmark has changed from a rather uninformed indifference to one of heightened awareness.
Among the tangible results, the Stop Wasting Food movement has inspired the retail chain Rema 1000 to drop quantity discounts in the chain’s more than 200 Danish stores and thereby to contribute to less food waste.
The consumers in Denmark have taken a remarkable stand and are taking action against food waste. Stop Wasting Food is proud to have contributed to this constructive development of influencing the public opinion.
The Leftovers Cookbook
In collaboration with some of the best chefs in Denmark, Stop Wasting Food movement and Selina Juul have published a Leftovers Cookbook 'Stop spild af mad - en kogebog med mere'. The book contains contributions from Danish top chefs Francis Cardenau, Katrine Klinken, Camilla Plum, Thomas Rode Andersen and Suhrs Madakademiet, and has been published with the help and cooperation of Denmark's leading publishing agency Gyldendal. The book also includes advice on how to waste less food from 22 Danish top politicians. All the contributors to the book have volunteered their time and work, and the entire proceeds from the book will fund the future campaign work of the Stop Wasting Food movement.
The Leftovers Cookbook 'Stop spild af mad - en kogebog med mere' is a national Danish Winner of Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2011 in the category of Best Sustainable Food Book and winner of shared second place in Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012 in the category of Best Sustainable Food Book in the World.
Danish Charter Against Food Waste
Stop Wasting Food is appointed a seat in the Initiative Group Against Food Waste under the Danish Minister for the Environment and is among the signatories to the Charter Against Food Waste along with 19 large corporations and organizations, all of which have committed to action of reducing food waste. Initially the agreement will run until the end of 2012, when the participants will compile a report of the results.
The Stop Wasting Food movement is mentioned in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s international report on food waste 'Global Food Losses and Food Waste' (on page 14).
Stop Wasting Food movement is among the official supporters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)'s initiative against food waste SAVE FOOD.
International Declarations against food waste
Stop Wasting Food is one of the co-developers of the Joint Declaration Against Food Waste - an international document which is handed over to the European Parliament and the United Nations. The document lists proposals for sustainable food production and consumption, and encourages the world leaders to a commitment to a global reduction of food waste by at least 50% by 2025. It also proposes that a global reduction of food waste should be elevated to a UN Millennium Development Goal. Stop Wasting Food is extremely pleased to see, that the European Parliament has implemented numerous suggestions from the Joint Declaration Against Food Waste in the EU resolution against food waste.
Stop Wasting Food is also - along with leading decision makers and food experts – a signatory to FAO's international SAVE FOOD Declaration against food waste.
Stop Wasting Food frequently speaks at Danish and international conferences and assemblies.
Stop Wasting Food was a guest speaker at the two biggest conferences during the Copenhagen Climate Summit COP15. In addition, the movement has also been invited by the Danish Parliament and the European Parliament in Brussels to speak on the subject of food waste.
Stop Wasting Food was one of the speakers at the FAO's SAVE FOOD congress in Düsseldorf, at the 'Combating Food Waste in the EU' conference in Brussels, and at the German Government's conference 'Bonn2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus - Solutions for the Green Economy'.
Stop Wasting Food was invited by the German Government and was one of the speakers at the '3rd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy 2012' in Bonn. Vandana Shiva, internationally renowned Indian environmental activist, author and philosopher, Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia and Prof. Mohan Munasinghe (who shared a Nobel Prize for Peace with Al Gore) were among the conference speakers.
Stop Wasting Food spoke about food waste at the Finnish Government's conference in Helsinki hosted by MTT Agrifood Research Finland at the launch day of the results of their food waste initiative Foodspill. Stop Wasting Food was also one of the speakers at the international Welthungerhilfe conference in Bonn 'Move! United for Sustainable Development'. Among the conference speakers were Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer (former German Federal Minister, former Executive Director UNEP, Executive Director IASS Potsdam) and "Taste the Waste" documentary filmmaker Valentin Thurn.
Stop Wasting Food was also one of the Speakers at TEDxCopenhagen:
Learn more about the movement Stop Wasting Food movement here and at Selina Juul's website here.
Stop Spild Af Mad
c/o Dreyer+Kvetny Public Relations
Overgaden Oven Vandet 10
DK-1415 Copenhagen K
phone: +45 40 72 06 01
Watch a selection of Stop Wasting Food's videos, as well as the speech in the European Parliament in Brussels, FAO congress, TEDxCopenhagen, interviews, etc.