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Kenya: World leaders feast on rejected vegetablesWorld leaders have been tucking into a feast prepared from Kenyan vegetables that had been rejected by UK supermarkets.
The food, served during the ongoing Universal Session of the Unep Governing Council and Global Ministerial Forum (GC-GMF) in Nairobi, had been rejected due to cosmetic imperfections.
The strict regulations that cover the supermarkets acceptance of vegetables have been causing growers problems for years. Often they sell their produce in principle, only to have much of it rejected after harvest as it is judged not to look attractive enough.
It is estimated that around 40 tonnes of food is wasted per week in Kenya this way.
The meal was organised in an attempt to raise awareness of the issue of ugly vegetables being wasted.
This zero-waste reception was organised in support of Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint (an initiative launched in January by Unep,) the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and partners such as Feeding the 5,000 and Messe Dusseldorf to reduce food loss and waste along the entire chain of food production.
Publication date: 2/21/2013
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