In this January, Niftie’s grocery store that sells things which would have been thrown out by a mainstream supermarket, finally arrives in little old Dover. Shelves are piled with food well past its best before date. Niftie’s has also expanded online where it competes with Approved Food, a discount specialist that stocks 2,000 items which are surplus or close to their best before date. For the Real Junk Food Project, a charity which operates a chain a “pay as you feel” cafes using surplus food, school food programme and sharehouse food stores in order to tackle the problem of food waste and hidden poverty in the UK. And this new wave of militant grocers gives hope to both you and me, perhaps sustainably.

今年一月,一家由非謀利社會企業Niftie運作的食品雜貨店降落至英國東南部近海邊的多佛小鎮,店內貨架上整齊地排列出各式各樣已經過了「 最佳食用日期」的食品。這些食品都是從主流超級市場所棄置而收集得來的。除了實體店,Niftie更加入網上購物的行列,與Approved Food成為對手,同為向大眾提供網上平台平價消費可食用或接近「 最佳食用日期」的剩餘食物,以致減低剩食及解決貧窮問題。Approved Food網上店更有約近2,000種可食用的剩餘食物供應給市場。有另一註冊為慈善團體的Real Junk Food Project則利用可食用的剩餘食物運作咖啡室,消費者可隨自己的喜好為食物自由訂價。同時,咖啡室提供了空間儲存被棄置但還可食用的剩餘食材及舉辦有關剩食工作坊,以作推廣教育之用。這可說得上是一個百花齊放的美好景象,寄望能可持續發展下去。

Title: Britain’s new wave of militant grocers
Photo: Richard Saker for the Observer
Source: The Guardian