Free foodsharing website in Germany created to reduce waste

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In an effort to reduce food waste and divert garbage from overflowing landfills, a website has been created to allow users to give away - and receive - unwanted foods from freezers and pantries across Germany.

In the same spirit as Freecycling in which users post and pick up unwanted items in online networks around the world, Foodsharing.de serves as a digital marketplace where users can post surplus foods they won't be able to use before the expiration date, or ingredients they know they won't be consuming.

Recently adopted a gluten-free, carb-free diet? Instead of throwing out that perfectly good, fresh loaf of bread bought recently, users can post it online and see it make a few good sandwiches and morning breakfasts.

Threw a huge dinner party and overstocked the fridge with fruits and vegetables that risk going bad? Post them online and help feed a struggling family in need.

Currently, items up for grabs include boxes of cornflakes cereal, bananas, bags of frozen peas, jars of Nutella, tea, and microwave popcorn.

The principle prohibits the exchange of money.

'Deadly sin'

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, one-third of produce is thrown away or lost every year, while 870 million people suffer from chronic malnutrition - a fact which Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini calls mankind's "deadly," unforgivable sin.

"We must stop this never-ending cycle," Petrini wrote in an article for Relaxnews earlier this week for Earth Day.

"...If waste is indeed a deadly sin, we will discover that doing penitence for it can be as pleasant as it is profitable."

To avoid throwing perfectly edible foods into the garbage, stick to a grocery list and buy only what you need, and get creative with recipes for leftovers, Petrini advises.


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