Cook, eat and dance to fight foodwaste,

From Uganda to Japan, Brazil to the Netherlands, the global Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is joining forces for World Disco Soup Day. On this day, all over the world, we throw parties where organizers and visitors turn food waste into a disco soup! An event to cook, eat and dance together, showing the fun way to save food while thinking seriously about the amount that goes to waste.

This year, SFYN will also be gathering food-saving recipes from older generations around the world and bringing the message behind World Disco Soup Day to a wider audience.

Three years ago, SFYN organized the first ever World Disco Soup Day. Together with tens of thousands of people, we danced all day long and saved serious amounts of food. Up to now, we have turned more than 50.000 kilograms of food into thousands of delicious meals. Hundreds of Disco Soups were organized across the 5 continents.

Get ready for the fourth edition of World Disco Soup Day on Saturday April 25th, 2020!

Why fight food waste with a discoparty?

Today, one third of the food produced for our consumption is wasted. It is being fed to bins. Saving 25% of this, would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

We all care about this big problem and we want to change this. Filling bellies, instead of bins! It’s not just about telling you to not to waste food, but also celebrate when you do save food. That is what we do with Disco Soup!
As Tristram Stuart, the founder of the environmental organization Feedback, once said:

“In order to save the planet you have to throw a better party than the people who are ruining it.”

How did it start?

Disco Soup started 8 years ago in Berlin, Germany, as Schnippeldisko, a ‘protest soup’, against food waste that fed 8000 people.

From then on, they started to spread across the world as a fun, meaningful way to bring this crisis into focus. Many different editions have taken place. Each Disco Soup event was individually run, relying on local volunteers to organize every detail, until in 2016, the Slow Food Youth Network Brazil organized a national Disco Soup Day. So, why not do the same internationally?

We got together with our international network of food producers, activists, students and others food professionals and decided to organize the first World Disco Soup Day! Now on April 28 we once again call for attention and action against global food waste, by organizing one of the best known projects of the Slow Food Youth Network: Disco Soup.

“The idea is to give the importance and bigness that the food waste issue has, by doing a big event at the places that suffer with this issue, in other words, by doing the event in the whole world”

Caio Bonamigo Dorigon, Brazilian SFYN leader and one of the coordinators of the event.

What is Disco Soup?

On World Disco Soup Day, organizers, attendees, and chefs will collect, chop, and cook leftover food or any food that would otherwise go to waste, such as ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables (the products which do not conform to commercial aesthetic standards). During the preparations, and for a long while after, music will be pumping and everyone will be dancing!

It is a fun, gastronomic and musical event that brings together young people, students, children, seniors, cooks, and all the supporters of this battle against food waste. It is also a transformation tool that brings together diverse knowledge for education and awareness.

“During WDSD 2019, we wanted to show that despite being a country rich in biodiversity, we face the challenge of resource management, which results in food waste. We managed to rescue 1775.4 kg of food that could have easily ended up in the garbage. The role of youth is crucial: if we work as a team, just like the bees, we will be able to achieve our goals and obtain great results.”

Ysabel Calderón, SFYN Peru coordinator, farmer and beekeeper, founder of “Sumak Kawsay”.

 

April 25: Save the date & join!

Come and fight with us the fun way! Get involved in whichever way you like best:

  • Throw your own Disco Soup
    Anyone can do this! We have step-by-step guides ready to help you get everything done.
  • Attend
    Check out the worldmap to find your nearest Disco Soup
  • Show your support online!
    Support our crowdfunding campaign on Global Giving between March 9-25, follow us on Instagram and Facebook or, even better, if you are doing something to fight food waste, tag us!

#worlddiscosoupday #wdsd20 #Re_generation

#fillbelliesnotbins

#slowfoodyouthnetwork #sfyn

 

DIY Disco Soup in 6 easy steps:

Step 1: Find your friends! You’ll need a group of enthusiastic people who can help you collect all the food waste, cut a lot of veggies and who love to dance.

Step 2: Find an easy-access location where people can sit or dance with access to electricity.

Step 3: Find food waste! Ask farmers, (super)markets and restaurants if you can collect their unsold food that would otherwise go to waste.

Step 4: Make an invitation and ask people to bring their own bowls and cutlery. Create an online (Facebook) eventpage, link to the WDSD page and share some inspiring photos or videos beforehand. Create a buzz!

Step 5: Add your Disco Soup-song to the World Disco Soup Day 2020 playlist. Did you know that there’s a global spotify playlist where everybody can add their own Disco Soup music? We’ll be dancing to the same beats worldwide!

Step 6: Serve soup and dance! – filling bellies instead of bins.

Do you want to join us and organize your own local Disco Soup? Get all the information from the WDSD newsletter. Join our special organizers Facebook group and get a taste of what to expect with our toolkit!

More details? Write to the World Disco Soup Day 2020 Task Force: wdsd20@slowfoodyouthnetwork.org

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