A British brewery collects unnecessary bread scraps and turns them into a quality boutique beer. An excellent solution to the problem of food waste
Have you ever wondered what happens to the "kisses" of the loaf of bread in bakeries and cafes - the pieces of bread that are not aesthetically suitable to be used as a slice in the sandwich they serve us, but are just as tasty and good as all the other bread? And what happens to the loaves of bread that were not sold and remained on the shelf at the end of the day? Or the breads in the supermarket, whose marketing date has passed, but they are definitely still good to eat? In most cases these residues find their way to the trash. In Britain, for example, almost half of the bread produced (44 percent) is lost along the "food chain" - production, transportation, supply and purchase - and ends up in landfills, where it adds sin to crime by emitting methane gas (which is harmful to the planet 30 times more than carbon dioxide).
The fact that while billions of people around the planet suffer from hunger, a third of the world's food is wasted is intolerable. The environmental cost is also unbearably heavy: food production requires many resources (water, land, fuel, fertilizer, etc.) and it also costs the earth huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. If you add up the amounts of greenhouse gas emissions that are released into the air only from the amount of food that is wasted in the world, you come to the conclusion that these are smaller in size than the total emissions released by China and the USA - that is, if food waste were a country, it would be The third most polluting country in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.
Tristram Stewart, a serial and creative British entrepreneur, decided try and put an end to it to this waste and turn the orphaned bread scraps into a delicious beer. Stewart has been fighting the problem of food waste for more than ten years. After writing two books on the subject, he founded Argon in 2009 Feedback (in English a play on words that means "to feed back") who organized campaigns and activities to reduce the loss. Stewart promises that 100 percent of the profits of "Toast" will be transferred to the organization, and will be reinvested in finding additional solutions to the problem and conducting campaigns aimed at raising awareness of it and preventing unnecessary food production in the first place - the best way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that accompany food production and the resources used to grow and produce it.
The problem of food loss is now a problem on a global scale. The food that is lost makes up about a third of all the food produced in the world and this has very negative economic, environmental and social consequences. in 2016 Thrown in a food bin in Israel with a value of NIS 19.5 billion (An amount that is greater than the budget allocated, for example, to the Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety for 2017-2018, which is only NIS 18.1 billion). Various bodies, government and others, began to take this problem seriously. Two months ago, for example, it took placeThe Acton The first of its kind designed to find and develop technological solutions to food waste in Israel.
"Israel is in second place in terms of the amount of food thrown away per year out of the OECD countries," says Michal Bitterman, CEO of the TNS organization, which leads a project to prevent food waste in Israel. "Almost half of the wasted food goes down the drain in consumers' homes (an Israeli family of four throws away about 1,150 kilos of food each year) and that's why we established a laboratory for innovation and sustainability to reduce food waste in order to find solutions to the problem at its various stages, both with large companies and with consumers themselves".
Save 100 tons of bread
Bread is the most wasted food item in the UK. This is what prompted Stewart to launch in 2015 the Toast ("Toast"), a project in which the brewery also participated Hambleton Ales who agreed to take in unnecessary bread scraps from suppliers, and use them to produce beer. With this method, approximately one slice of bread is required for each of the bottles of beer they produce, which they now successfully sell to restaurants and stores across the country (you can also purchase them on the website of "Toast"). In the first 15 months of the project, they managed to save about 3.6 tons of bread from being thrown into the trash and buried in landfills.
"Toast" has been successfully operating in Britain for over a year, and Stewart is now ready to take the next brave step: to try to save the bread of the Americans as well. The United States throws away slightly less bread than its cousins from the United Kingdom - the loss of food from bread in the United States is "only" about a third, but it is a huge amount of bread that is wasted, and which actually goes straight from the oven to the belly of the earth.
The goal, according to The crowdfunding campaign The new "Toast", in which they are persuading the Americans to invest in the project and also win a beer made, among other things, from fresh bread - is to save about 100 tons of bread from landfills in the USA within three years. "Toast" and Stewart will join other American organizations that are trying to fight the phenomenon and save food from a sealed fate in the landfill, such as Barnana - a snack made from bananas that were on their way from the plantation to the trash, andReGrained: EAT beer who make nutritious snacks from unnecessary grains left over in breweries.
Of the 19.5 billion shekels we threw away in Israel this year in food, he claims Israel collection report We could have saved 8 billion. In Israel, too, it is important that more initiatives be established that try to deal with the "unnecessary" food that is thrown away at each of the stages of the chain - whether it happens with the farmers, on the way from the field to the supermarket, with the suppliers, in the restaurants or with us as the end consumers.
And in the meantime, if you have some leftover bread at home, you can use a "toast" recipe and make yourself a cold and delicious beer to pass the hot summer days with you. Although this is not a particularly simple recipe, those who know how to make home-brewed beer can enrich their favorite beer recipe with the bread left at home: all you have to do is replace some of the grains with dried breadcrumbs. In the recipe for toast, for example, out of 5.8 kilograms and five types of grains, the brewer's pharmacist uses 1.5 kilograms of breadcrumbs. To these, different types of hops are added in the "toast", which adds to the beer its familiar bitter aroma and taste, and which is also used as a preservative. This way you can feel good about yourself that not only are you sitting down and enjoying your homemade beer - but you also managed to prevent food waste.