Every year around one-third of the food that we grow worldwide never makes it to the dinner table. That is about 1.3bn tonnes of perfectly edible produce that is being discarded. And it is not just the food that is going to waste, it is the energy and the land and the resources that it took to grow it in the first place.
Adam Smith's 'Real Junk Food Project' in the UK intercepts this food to serve at his 'pay-as-you-feel' Leeds-based cafe. Located in the deprived area of Armley it serves up everything from spicy lentil soup to beef goulash to its customers, some of whom might not otherwise be able to afford to eat. Last year, almost a million people in the UK relied on food banks just to get by - nearly three times as many as the year before. So it is no surprise that Adam's idea is spreading.