Practicing what they preach, UN on Sunday served around 30 world leaders lunch made from food waste at the global summit that was being held in the US.
The UN lunch menu for Sunday’s meet was designed to draw attention to the fact that more than a third of all food produced is wasted even as some 795 million people, that is one in every ninth person on this planet, go hungry everyday.
Talking about the Vegetarian menu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters:
“Our lunch was produced from food that would otherwise end up in landfills, emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas,”
While the Indian Prime Minister Modi missed the summit as he was in California at the time, over 30 world leaders, including the French President Francois Hollande, attended the meet.
Further talking about food production and agriculture, Ban Ki-Moon said:
“Food production and agriculture contribute as much to climate change as transportation, yet more than a third of all food produced worldwide – over one billion tonnes of edible food each year – goes to waste. That is shameful when so many people suffer from hunger.”
To further elaborate the point, the dishes were given drastic names to draw attention, like the “Landfill Salad” which was made from unwanted vegetable scraps, stalks and outer leaves salvaged from the waste of big food producers, and liquid drained from a can of chickpeas.
There were also burgers and fries which were made from discarded vegetables, ends of cucumber that are thrown out and cow corns, that are used for feeding animals.
What is more the UN even served discarded food items for dessert. They used the outer shell of cocoa bean, which is left over after pressing nuts for oil and pulp of the coffee, and cherry and turned them into “Cocoa Husk Custard”.
The unique idea was to draw people into conversation about climate change, poverty and wasted food items over lunch and the mission was a success as Ban said the lunchtime consensus was that an agreement needs to be reached at the Paris climate change conference on how to “strengthen resilience to climate impacts, with a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable”.