For the seventh time, vegetables destined for landfill will be cut up and transformed into a “protest soup” against the food industry, on the eve of the “Wir haben es satt” (We Are Fed Up) demonstration in Berlin.
Tomorrow, January 19, the biggest ever edition of Schnippeldisko (Disco Soup) will be held in Berlin, Germany, with 1.5 tons of unsold vegetables will be cut up and transformed into a soup, with music and good vibes. The Schnippeldisko was born in 2012, a collaboration between Slow Food Deutschland and partner organizations that wanted to shine a spotlight on the shameful amount of food waste our society produces. The vegetables used during the event come from local farms, but they would never have arrived onto market shelves. Whether its potatoes, beetroots, carrots, onions or zucchini, products that are perfectly tasty sometimes don’t conform to the market regulations because they’re too big, to small, too thick, too think or misshapen. They end up in landfill for exclusively aesthetic reasons.
This Disco Soup will bring together a thousand people who collectively reject food waste and show, armed with potato-peelers, knives and spoons, that there’s a different way of doing things. The event will be accompanied by music from DJs and live music, and local artisanal food producers will also make a contribution: Die Freien Bäcker bakery will be present, giving people the opportunity to make a typical regional bread, called Seele, throughout the evening. Of course, the Disco Soup is part of a wider program of events, which includes film screenings, art exhibitions on rural resistance movements across the world, and presentations from activists on recent developments in the food system, touching on themes like the power of industry, small-scale producers and organized resistance.
The Schnippeldisko is a free, public event open to all. The organizers will happily welcome everyone who wants to help cutting vegetables, and anyone who wants to know more about the current food system, how it is damaging the planet and we can all do to help change it. The preparation and cooking work wil be guided by activist-chef Wam Kat of the “Fläming Kitchen”. The soup will be used to feed the demonstrators at the “Wir haben es satt!” demonstration the following day. More information on the Facebook page. Check some photos from last year’s edition.
Date: Friday January 18, 2018 | Time: 6pm-midnight
Location: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U), Siemensstraße 27, 10551 Berlino