Since food sharing in Copenhagen is growing at an exponential rate, ‘Foodsharing Copenhagen’ has decided to give you personal insight into the movement here.
After all, food is what brings us together!!
Let’s start with a quick bit of history. The food sharing phenomenon started in Germany in 2012 after a group of activists thought about how best to share within the communities. Four years later, it has become a huge concept involving several cities across Germany. Refrigerators were placed in spots around the cities where people would leave unwanted food for someone else. This helped tackle the fact that most food that is wasted is on the individual or household level.
The concept of food sharing has a strong underlying meaning. It is about sharing resources, so there is no money involved, due to the belief that food is more than a commodity.
That brings us to the present day, in the awesome city of Copenhagen, Denmark. ‘Foodsharing Copenhagen’ started in May 2016 after a several people noticing the concept wasn’t happening here. A group of people took Christiania bikes (a bike with a big box on the front for those new to the city) and collected unwanted food from the main supermarket, which supplies all the greengrocers here in Copenhagen. They then shared out the food in the city.
Wednesdays are the official sharing day now. You can find food sharing at the collective boat ‘Floating City’, and FreeTown of Christiania.
There is huge potential for the movement to grow. The concept can grow beyond free food to creating and spreading awareness about the large scale food waste that is happening all over the world. It can also form part of a much bigger picture regarding sustainability and this project creates the stage to change the mindset of sharing, food, and food waste.
Each week we will update you on events, give you some food facts, and give you a more personal feel to this movement.