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19 Nov 13 21:23 just launched today in Switzerland. "Foodsharing is an internet platform that gives individuals, traders and manufacturers the opportunity to offer or collect surplus food for free. At Foodsharing, you can also meet with others to cook or share excess food instead of throwing it away."

Whether it's you wanting to give away food (before a holiday or after a party with too many left overs), or you wanting to get food (those key ingredients for the cake you were going to bake on a Sunday when shops are closed), it's all made easy via map-based food baskets on offer.

I love that the initiative is built around neighborhoods and leverages technology to make food sharing easy and fast. I love that it better distributes existing food, hopefully helping contain food prices and cutting waste. The fact that it also bypasses commercial intermediaries is just awesome. It's local and web-based and brilliant!

According to the site "More than half of our food ends up in the trash! Most of it is on its way from the field to the store, before it could ever reach our tables: every second lettuce, every second potato and every fifth loaf of bread." We can do better than that, can't we? And I love the idea of bonding with my neighbors around something so basic and key in life: Great food!

I, like Board member Ulrike Beck, also hope that a grown awareness for food, better shopping, and a change of our throw-away philosophy will lead to better living conditions for animals in the food industry. But also that it will help us better distribute food, limit waste and thereby contribute to feeding the 9 bn we're expected to be by 2050.

Check it out and join Foodsharing! You can even sign in with your Facebook account :)

Lebensmittel teilen, statt wegwerfen -

Auf foodsharing kannst Du deine Lebensmitteln vor dem Verfall an soziale Einrichtungen oder andere Personen abgeben

Category: Food security: Food waste

Location: Switzerland


Paritosh - 20 Nov 2013, 4:08 a.m.

Great work! Let me search and see if there is something like this is working out of Bangalore... would love to do it here...

Thanks to the Dabbawala's in Mumbai it happens there at the least...

Carmen Otero - 21 Nov 2013, 10:32 a.m.

A good initiative in Zurich: Fresh food from yesterday!.

Check this out! Buy yesterday's bread, sandwiches, cake and other half the price and contribute to less wasting in our city.


Alicia Montoya - 22 Nov 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Brilliant! Love it and hope it spreads to other cities. I especially love that we're coming up with these solutions at grass roots level, not waiting for the government to solve the problem. The more we can help curb unnecessary demand and better redistribute resources, the more governments can concentrate on bigger initiatives to help cover things like medical, infrastructure and energy needs.

Alicia Montoya - 22 Nov 2013, 7:05 a.m.

Fantastic! I never understood why all these things are just thrown away every day. If you eat it the next day in your house (who would pass up a cake from yesterday??), why not have the ability to buy it the next day at the store? Thanks for sharing :) Let's go visit them!

Jennifer Rodney - 22 Nov 2013, 2:32 p.m.

I love all these initiatives - thanks Alicia, Carmen and Paritosh so much for sharing.

I've recently heard about another interesting idea (also involving stickers, Paritosh) that works along the same lines. This one strays away from food but is still at least somewhat related to reducing wastage through local grassroots efforts.

Pumpipumpe is an initiative in Switzerland that encourages people to share household items with their neighbors by connecting people who have things (children's toys, construction or cooking equipment, disco balls) with people who could temporarily use those things via something akin to the hobo code (

Pumpipumpe provides stickers that you can affix to your mailbox, advertising what sort of items you have in your house for lend. So, if you put your disco ball sticker up, a neighbor can stop by and ask if they can borrow it for their next party. It seems like a simple - but hopefully effective - way to build up community spirit that goes against the grain of over-the-top consumerism.

I'll have to order a sticker for my sewing machine and try it out. :-)

Paritosh - 23 Nov 2013, 2:41 p.m.


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