Thousands of food enthusiasts gathered in Athens, Greece on Sunday to eat dishes made from fruits and vegetables rejected by mainstream businesses in a bid to highlight the vast wastage of food.
Organized by global non-governmental organization Feedback, the event was a part of their worldwide campaign called Feeding5000 where the aim is to raise awareness about unnecessary wastage of wood.
Those who showed up at Sunday's event in the Greek capital were treated with briam, a casserole medley of vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini, carrots and potatoes, in addition to a dessert made of seasonal fruits – all deemed too imperfect by the local restaurants and stores.
In reality, all the ingredients used were perfectly edible and healthy. The only reason the local restaurants won't buy them was their odd shapes, which is a rather silly reason to reject food.
It is widely accepted that one-third of all food produced in our world goes to waste. And that's a very conservative number. Some estimates even claim that as much as 50 per cent of all food items are lost or wasted during varying stages of production and consumption.
At the forefront of this food wastage are advanced societies, and therefore, Feedback is hoping that events such as Feeding500 would help educate the masses in this regard.