‘Successful Failures’ – The Problem With Food Banks
Nick Rose, Susan Booth, 15 Nov 17
       

Pasta and bolognese sauce were on the menu provided at this Sydney venue by not-for-profit organisation Foodbank.

From their inception in the early 1990s, Australian food banks were supposed to be a temporary solution to food poverty.

They have since morphed from “emergency to industry” – lauded for reducing food insecurity and helping to solve the food waste problem by diverting tonnes of produce from landfill.

It’s the ultimate win-win that big food corporations and retailers love: feed the needy and save the planet at the same time. This logic has been enshrined in Canada’s National Food Waste Reduction Strategy and in European laws that require supermarkets to donate surplus produce to charities.

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