This is part of an ongoing series in which we will feature ways Post Growth is in action already. The intention of this series is to inspire ideas about how to engage intentionally in our communities. Please visit our Post Growth in Action web page for more.
One of the many fantastic initiatives going on in my city which I consider to be forerunners of the post-growth economy is the Brighton Food Waste Collective. This community group collects surplus food from wholesalers and other businesses, holds free public feasts and other community events, and donates the food to charities which tackle food poverty. In the UK, we have an insane situation where on the one hand 3.5 million tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away every year, while on the other 2 million Brits are malnourished, with 500,000 now reliant on food-banks, and that number is rising. The Food Waste Collective helps people in need, diverts food from going to landfill (meaning less emissions from agriculture and landfill) and helps build a stronger sense of community in the process. It’s really a win on all fronts. [Read more…]