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Poots provides food for thought at launch of new website

Paula McIntyre and Minister Poots at Eco Show

Aided by well known chef Paula McIntyre, the Minister swapped his office at Stormont for the EcoShow Live kitchen at the King’s Hall, Belfast. The duo cooked up a delicious sausage risotto from one of the 170 recipes featured on http://www.lovefoodhatewasteni.org

which is designed to help reduce food waste.
Speaking at the launch Mr Poots said: “I find it staggering that in the UK people throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink every year and less than a fifth of this is truly unavoidable. This costs the average family £680 a year which equates to £50 per month.

“This is not taking in to account the environmental cost. Throwing away food that could have been eaten is responsible for the equivalent of 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. This is the same greenhouse gas effect as emitted by one in four cars on UK roads.

“Particularly in the current economic climate I think most people would welcome a reduction in their monthly food bill just by rethinking their food waste. This campaign seeks to assist and our new interactive website is packed full of practical hints and tips to help cut back on food waste as well as delicious recipes using leftovers.

“I encourage everyone to visit http://www.lovefoodhatewasteni.org. You can add your voice to the campaign by sharing your tips and recipes online so as well as picking up some helpful hints yourself, you can help others reduce food waste and save money too.”

Resident chef on BBC Radio Ulster’s Saturday Magazine Show, Paula McIntyre, has also added her voice to the campaign: “All kitchen chefs are passionate about waste. There’s no excuse for it really. The Love Food Hate Waste Northern Ireland website is brilliant – very user-friendly with great recipes.”

Following the cookery demonstration Minister Poots had the opportunity to tour the show including a visit to his Department’s interactive Rethink Waste stand which displayed further Reduce, Reuse, Recycle tips to help save money and the environment.

For more information or to add your voice to the Love Food Hate Waste NI campaign log on to http://www.lovefoodhatewasteni.org.