"UNEP appoints renowned Italian chef and food system activist
Massimo Bottura as Goodwill Ambassador"

The following is an extract from a press release The UN Environment Programme (UNEP released this week).It was put out to coincide with International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29th september 2020).Every day until further notice I will be posting a related reminder of how important this issue is and of how you can help - Please share these posts through  your social media. Facebook Twitter and Instagram. Watch this space...

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) this week appointed renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, in a move designed to step up the fight against the global problem of food waste and loss.Bottura is chef patron of the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, and has been recognized as a social entrepreneur for his commitment to the fight against food waste and social isolation, which is one of the main goals of the non-profit organization he founded with his wife Lara Gilmore, Food for Soul. During the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy, his family produced an online cooking show called Kitchen Quarantine, which encouraged people to see the invisible potential in every ingredient, an invitation to enjoy the unexpected beauty in daily life.His appointment, is expected to catalyze action on an issue that not only sees food wasted in a world where over 800 million people go hungry every year, but contributes to the climate and biodiversity crises.“There is no room for food loss and waste, especially as millions across the world go hungry,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. “The pandemic is a wake-up call reminding us of the urgent need to transform our relationship with nature, and in particular, rethink the way we produce and consume food. I am delighted that Massimo Bottura, who is already making a difference through his Refettorios, is joining forces with UNEP to help bring real change.”Reducing food waste is a priority for Food for Soul, with its Refettorio projects around the world. From Milan, to Rio de Janeiro, Mexico and Paris, Food for Soul has saved over 125 tonnes, 175K pounds of imperfect food surplus from landfill, transforming ingredients into over a half million nourishing meals for those experiencing social isolation and vulnerability. Bottura wants to inspire further action on food waste across society by showing the value of food, its connection to culture, emotion and innovation.The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste is a day to expand our consciousness and understanding of food loss and waste, by taking action with simple steps in cooking, preparing and storing that will not only make a difference in our homes but across our communities.We can all be part of the solution for a more sustainable future and must remember our social responsibility to both the planet and humanity.

About the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

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