Londoners gather to fight food waste – Crowds gather in London at Trafalgar Square for the Feeding the 5000 event. Event organizer Tristram Stuart said: "Everyone has the power - and the responsibility - to help solve the global food waste scandal."
Londoners feast on waste – Mayor of London Boris Johnson dishing up some food at the event. Many of the ingredients are considered waste by restaurants, businesses and retailers. Speaking at the event, Johnson spoke of the practice of throwing away misshapen ingredients saying: "Don't discriminate against mutant vegetables."
Londoners feast on waste – Members of the public were asked to work at the "wonky veg stall" where they helped sort and bag surplus vegetables for delivery to charity partners in London.
Londoners feast on waste – A young girl receieves her free waste curry made from potatoes, carrots, corn, cauliflower amongst other ingredients. Organizers says that an estimated 20-40% of UK fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops as they don't match supermarkets' strict cosmetic standards.
Londoners feast on waste – Catering students from Westminster Kingsway College wait in line for their free curry. One of the students, Chynna Thompson-Jarrett says: "Some supermarkets don't want to buy cauliflower because they are too big. But we can use them in our kitchens for students to produce meals to the general public."
Londoners feast on waste – The public participated in apple pressing using surplus apples which were then given out to drink. With waste at the forefront, nothing was thrown away as the leftover remnants were fed to pigs on site.
Londoners feast on waste – The public are given the chance to feed apple remnants to live pigs at Trafalgar Square as organizers highlight leftover waste could be fed to animals rather than growing food specially for them.
Londoners feast on waste – Volunteers from a Jewish charity show off waste pineapples which are being given to the public. Shelley Shocolinksky-Dwyer (far right) says: "We wanted to help raise awareness and spread the message about food waste in the United Kingdom."
Londoners feast on waste – Holly Smith (left) brought her children Darcie and Mackenzie to the food waste event to teach them about the subject after reading about it online. She says: "I didn't quite realize how much food waste there is... I'm not the greatest cook in the world. But when I see this and how simple it is, it will make me take out the cauliflower and think of something to do."
Londoners feast on waste – Sarah Allan from environmental group Friends of the Earth says: "In the UK we waste 16 million tons of food, we burn it or we send it to landfill sites and actually it's suitable for human consumption. And a lot of what isn't suitable, is suitable and legal to feed to animals and the rest can be for composting and anaerobic digestion."