When the clock stroke two on Wednesday, bells started ringing at the Congress Center in Davos and the banquet was emptying up. After a few minutes, only some participants could still be seen. What was left were plates with food leftovers being taken away by waiters.
Jose Dias, Food Manager at the World Resources Forum, explained what happens to the food after the dishes are taken back to the kitchen.
“We give food to the staff. If that is too much, then we give it to them to take home. If it is still too much, we take it to Home Argo”, he said.
The Argo is a foundation that runs workshops and residential homes for adults with disabilities in the Grisons region.
But what happens when you take a bite of your wrap and leave the rest in your plate? “I leave that aside and then give it to a biogas company”, said Dias.
The problem is that as the conference went by, the participants were not informed of what happens to the leftovers, making them think that they were producing food waste: “I’m not confortable seeing wasted food on my plate”, said Barbara Ann Hirsh, a resident of Santa Barbara, California, who writes “Eco-facts” for an online magazine. “I wouldn’t mind if I knew the food here was going to be composed.