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Volunteers make use of unwanted food

Plans to reduce the "immoral" amount of wasted food are being put forward by one of Bristol's MPs. Photo: Foodcycle video

A South West MP is proposing a new law to reduce the amount of surplus food that's thrown away. **Labour MP Kerry McCarthy is to bring a bill before Parliament tomorrow. At a reception this morning, she said it would put pressure on supermarkets and manufacturers to donate their unwanted but still edible produce to local charities.**

Over 50% of food that's thrown away in this country is wasted. It's perfectly edible, right for human consumption but it's wasted. I want to encourage especially the big retailers and manufacturers to do more to ensure that it is passed to people who can give it to those in food poverty who need it.

– Kerry McCarthy MP Labour, Bristol East

One group of volunteers is already making the most of food that would have have gone to waste.**

Cordelia Lynch tells us more.**

Ripe fruit, fresh vegetables- all of it was headed for the bin.

But students at Freecycle are cooking a three course meal with it for 120 people.

I think for a lot of people it will just be a really nice meal with their friends that's not too expensive but that's good because we draw in a wider crowd and they learn more about food waste

– AMY HALE, Foodcycle volunteer
Amy and a friend cooking Credit: ITV West

Celebrity Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson is right behind them.

What supermarkets don't want he transforms into an exotic menu.

We're doing a Portugese fescwada today and then a date and banna rice and butternut squash and chills. You know for the want of hard work, there is no other cost involved and that's super special.

– arthur potts-dawson, Celebrity Chef
Freecycle volunteers make meals out of food that could be thrown away Credit: Foodcycle video

The Foodcyle volunteers pick up what retailers are about to throw out every week. From small shops, to big chains.

Some of the porduce be slightly bruised, the packaging a little damaged, but it's all edible, sometimes in date too.

On Sundays they take it here to the Easton Comunity Centre to serve refugees, the homeless and anyone who fancies a free lunch.

This is the ultimate recycling - using food which is going to be thrown away to give it to people who dodn't have access to good food so I do think it's something that's becoming quite popular and I think that's why it's doing well with students.

– arthur potts-dawson, Celebrity Chef

Part of the challenge in reducing that will be changing peoples' mindset.

But businesses may want more- legal protection and incentives.

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