Fruta Feia CRL

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Foundation Year
2013
Country
Portugal
Region
Porto/Lisbon
Location

Rua do Paraíso nº 219, 4000-234 Porto

Number of members
4084
Full-time
11
Part-time
0
Volunteers
100
Accept interns
YES
Area of intervention
Social Enterprise
Community Involvement
Food Waste
Supporting local producers/businesses
Consumer Awareness
Environmental Education
Main funding mechanisms
European projects/grants
Membership fees
Level of impact
Local
National

About half of the food produced in the world each year goes to waste. According to FAO, the current food waste in industrialized countries reaches to 1.3 billion tons per year, enough to feed the roughly 925 million people who are hungry every day. This waste has consequences not only ethical but also environmental, since it involves the unnecessary expenditure of the resources used in its production (such as land, energy and water) and the emission of carbon dioxide and methane resulting from the decomposition of foods that are not consumed. Only in Portugal, one million tonnes of food per year are lost - 17% of what is produced by the country - according to the conclusions of PERDA presented in December 2012.

The reasons for this waste are many and occur throughout the agrifood chain. Intensive production models, inadequate storage and transport conditions, tight deadlines and promotions that encourage consumers to buy in excess are some of the causes that contribute to the current huge waste. Another problem is the preference of the usual distribution channels for "perfect" fruits and vegetables in terms of size, colour and size that restricts consumption to foods that comply with certain aesthetic standards. This requirement results in a waste of about 30% of what is produced by farmers.

The Fruta Feia cooperative arises from the need to reverse such fruit and vegetable standardization trends that have nothing to do with food safety and quality issues. This project aims to combat market inefficiency by creating an alternative market for "ugly" fruit and vegetables that can change consumption patterns. A market that generates value to farmers and consumers and tackles both food waste and unnecessary waste of the resources used to produce them.

We are a young and multidisciplinary team, composed of 6 female employees and 5 male employees, aged 25-40 years, graduates / masters in different areas.

- Flaw4life : http://flaw4life.com; ends in September 2018

Awards

- IDEAS OF PORTUGUESE ORIGIN

2nd prize of the contest FAZ-Ideas of Portuguese Origin promoted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in partnership with COTEC Portugal (Edition 2013)

- TERRE DE FEMMES

3rd prize of the Terre de Femmes contest promoted by the Yves Rocher Foundation (2014 Edition)

- INNOVATION AGRICULTURAL CREDIT

Agricultural Credit Innovation Award - Social Innovation Category (2014 Edition)

- ANTÓNIO SÉRGIO

Prize for Cooperation and Solidarity António Sérgio - Category Innovation and Development (2014 Edition)

- 100 PROJECTS FOR THE CLIMATE

Distinction awarded by the French Ministry of the Environment (edition 2017)

-Lisbon City Hall

- Cooperativa do Povo Portuense

- CIAP

- Association of the Torne and Prado Schools

- SMUP

- Almadense Academy

- Lisbon Architecture Triennial

- Rat Market (by the Good Neighbor Association)

- Angels 70

- The Lagar (Town Council - Lumiar)


Beneficiaries
Local community
Local bussinesses
Have you previously hosted an intern? Is it a possibility in your organisation?

Yes, in a curricular internship system


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