News - December 21, 2018

Cooking contest with leftovers

Tessa Louwerens

Cook something creative with leftovers. That is the task in the ‘Less together’ (samen minder) contest, which kicked off on Tuesday 18 December. The competition is challenging WUR students and staff to do something about food waste.

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‘Every year, we throw away 41 kilos of food per person,’ says Toine Timmermans, Sustainable Food Chains programme manager at Wageningen Food and Biobased Research. ‘That’s a choice. We could stop today if we wanted.’ According to Timmermans, research shows that setting a good example is an effective way of getting people to change their behaviour. Hence the leftovers competition ‘Less together’ (samen minder).

Participants can give their creativity free rein and share photos of their leftovers concoctions on social media using the hashtag #samenminder. The person who comes up with the most inspirational recipe will get a box from sustainability platform Verspilling is Verrukkelijk.

The competition, which will continue until mid-January, marks the start of a national campaign Together against food waste (Samen tegen voedselverspilling) by a collaborative venture of companies, science institutes (including WUR), civil society organizations and the government aimed at combating food waste. More information about the contest can be found at

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