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Waste not want not. Graduate brings Real Junk Food Project to DMU

Food waste is a global issue which affects millions of people worldwide, but one De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduate recently introduced the university to his scheme which aims to abolish the issue.

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Bobby Hawkins, who graduated in Music, Technology and Innovation, came to DMU with The Real Junk Food Project Leicester to cater for a three-day forum on live electronic music that was held at the PACE Building and the Phoenix by the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Group at DMU.

The Real Junk Food Project is a community interest company that has the overall ambition of abolishing food waste, and they have branches in various locations throughout the country. They are a non-discriminatory company in that people don’t need a referral to be able to get food from them like they would from a food bank.  

Bobby said: ““We intercept food that people have labelled as waste in accordance with environmental health regulations and then we serve people on a pay as you feel basis.

“People can pay with a contribution of a financial nature, of their time, skills and efforts to help with food collection, food preparation, washing up and basically anything they can to help our cause.

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“One minute you’ll have someone preparing a meal and having something to eat themselves, then in walks somebody else who has something to eat and then washes up. Everyone can get involved in the whole process.

“The social benefits, primarily being providing affordable food, are a by-product of our environmental aim of abolishing food waste.”

There was, however, a very specific reason behind The Real Junk Food Project catering for the event that they were.

Dr John Richards, Senior Lecturer, said: “The idea was to explore the parallels between current trends in electronic music, such as circuit bending and hacking, and the work of the Real Junk Food Project.

“Taking unwanted and discarded technology and re-appropriating the devices to make new sounds has become central to many musicians. Finding ways to be creative with ‘waste’, a ‘make do and mend’ ethos, and being sustainable are all part of a shared philosophy.”

Posted on Wednesday 1st April 2015

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