Since 2009, Feedback has been working hard to combat the global food waste scandal. Some of our successes over the years include:


    Publication of ‘Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal’, Tristram Stuart’s investigation into the causes and problems of food waste. ‘Waste’ is subsequently discussed by Members of Parliament in autumn during review of the 2007 Waste Strategy for the UK.

    Tristram Stuart organises first ever Feeding the 5000 event in Trafalgar Square. Partner organisations include Save the Children, Action Aid, School Food Matters and FareShare.

  • JANUARY- JUNE 2010

    Member of Parliament (MP) Roger Williams tables an Early Day Motion on food waste, calling on government to encourage large food retailers and manufacturers to report transparently on food waste.


    Tristram Stuart advises on and features in ‘The Great British Waste Menu’ – a pioneering 90 minute BBC documentary about food waste.

  • JANUARY- JUNE 2011

    Tristram Stuart awarded the Sophie Prize, a prestigious international environmental award previously won by, among others, John Pilger, Wangari Maathai and James Hansen.

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation publishes ‘Global Food Losses and Food Waste Report’ heavily influenced by ‘Waste’ and establishes the SAVE FOOD initiative – a global effort to cut down on food losses and waste.


    The very first gleaning day takes place on Surrey orchard with a tonne of apples gleaned.

    Tristram Stuart awarded Observer Food Monthly Outstanding Contribution Award for his campaigning on food waste.

    The Food Waste Pyramid, designed by Tristram Stuart in collaboration with the Feeding the 5000 steering group, launched at a House of Lords event hosted by Baroness Jenkin, with senior representatives of the food waste industry. Food businesses from across the supply chain including big retailers, restaurants and manufacturers sign up to the food waste pyramid.

    1.5 tonnes of cabbages gleaned from Lincolnshire farm go on to be used at Feeding the 5000 Trafalgar Square the next day.

    Feeding the 5000 takes place for the second time in Trafalgar Square. We work with the Mayor’s Waste Strategy Team, the London Food Board and a range of partner organisations including FareShare, FoodCycle and Friends of the Earth.


    The European Parliament adopts a resolution to halve food waste in the European Union by 2025. Designated 2014 as the European Year Against Food Waste

    The first Feeding the 5000 outside London takes place in Bristol. Partnering together with FareShare South West over 5,000 meals are served to the public made from food that would otherwise have been wasted.


    Tristram Stuart gives a TED Talk, The Global Food Waste Scandal. The talk has gone on to be viewed over one million times.

    Feeding the 5000 Paris (Le Banquet des 5000) coincides with release of Tristram Stuart’s documentary film, Global Waste (Global Gâchis).

  • JANUARY- JUNE 2013

    Feeding the 5000 partners with United Nations Environment Programme on the Think. Eat. Save. Reduce your Foodprint campaign, launched at the governing council meeting in Nairobi. Research reveals that Kenyan farmers waste up to 40 per cent of what they grow, such as green beans for the export market, because they often do not fit the strict European and UK supermarket’s cosmetic standards.

    Bristol, Manchester and Amsterdam hold Feeding the 5000 events.

    Launch of The Pig Idea campaign.


    30 tonnnes of cauliflower and cabbage rescued over two days in collaboration with Company Shop. This is one of the largest gleanings to date.

    The Pig Idea Feast takes over Trafalgar Square together with Thomasina Miers, Stepney City Farm and London’s top restaurants including Wahaca.

    Feeding the 5000 events in Nantes, Edinburgh, Marseille (Feeding the 4200) and the first ever Disco Soupe in New York City.


    Following years of pressure, major UK food retailers declare they will release in store food waste data, something they had resisted for years.

    Feedback selected as one of three finalists for the BBC Food & Farming Award in the Best British Food Initiatives category.

    Feedback launches as a registered charity.

    Feeding the 5000 Brussels and European Parliament conference to get action against food waste on the international agenda, as well as a legislative priority.