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My week of spending £1-a-day on food

Laura Gaga spends seven days on a budget

Food is in abundance and in this digital age it can be all too easy to meet cravings at the touch of a button – buying meals via apps, getting takeaways delivered to our doors and online shopping.It’s easy to spend a small fortune on our three daily meals, let alone snacks, coffee meetings, dinner dates, treats, celebratory or commiseration meals. Ironically, food is wasted in abundance and according to research by Gousto (gousto.co.uk), we throw away £494 million pounds worth of food a week. So, by keeping to a £1-a-day food budget I’ve tried to raise awareness of our spending habits, putting the onus on using what we already have and wasting less. Here goes nothing!

Tuesday

I got offto a great start, beginning my day with a breakfast of overnight oats made with vanilla soya yoghurt, stewed rhubarb and strawberries – this came to a total of 1p. The only ingredient that I paid for was the pack of oats for 19p – they were reduced and marked with a yellow sticker because the packaging was damaged. My mum had given me the yoghurt and the fruit came from my colleague’s allotment. I snacked on a few squares of dark vegan chocolate which a work friend had brought back to the office from her trip to Berlin, as well as some mango chunks and grapefruit slices which I’d prepped coming in at 31p. The fruit was also yellow sticker but, even when reduced, fruit costs more pre-cut, so it pays to chop your own. Lunch was a couple of bread rolls, vegan cheese with peppercorns, iceberg lettuce and peppers. All of these items were reduced as they had reached their best before dates, but this simply refers to food quality, not safety. I also had olives and cherry tomatoes which a house guest had left behind saying it was that or he’d bin the food – lunch equalled 39p.

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Hello, I can remember a time, not so long ago, when most people I know were afraid of bees. Along with wasps, bees would create carnage when innocently passing through a garden BBQ or picnic, as people dashed to safety, terrified of the striped stinging machines. Now, it seems that everyone loves the humble bumble – they’re viewed with reverence and affection, and their cute and cuddly depiction is worn on necklaces and T-shirts across the country. To say it’s been a turnaround would be an understatement, but why has this happened? Our perception of bees has had to change, but only because their crucial population is under threat and their plight has been brought into the public’s consciousness. We know that we have to protect them at all costs, or it will mean terrible things for mankind. But, how many other animals do we currently disregard, that we’ll only appreciate when they’re in trouble? How many of us look more fondly upon walruses, following Attenborough’s devastating documentary? This month we want to shine a light on non-human animals – the heroes who keep our ecosystems balanced, who help teach our children about the planet, and who bring our communities together. We share this Earth with so many creatures, great and small, all of whom are vital to our existence. But we need to begin to respect and care for them now, not just when the odds are against them. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor