The Miramar Disco Soup is a tasty initiative where participants “chop to the beat” to promote awareness about reducing food waste. It is a celebration where strangers came together to slice, dice and boogie, transforming “ugly” or blemished veggies into a deliciously prepared meal. The initiative empowers participants to save money, energy and our planet while having a lot of fun.
The Disco Soup initiative promotes agricultural practices on how to establish a local food system while encouraging urban agriculture and reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to the transport of farm produce (AG-6). It also supports local sustainable agriculture and economy by connecting farmers with local users such as chefs, schools and consumers (PO-11).
The need for the Disco Soup came from the emendable fact that food waste accounts for 21% of total waste in the United States and is the largest percentage of waste going into municipal landfills. As data indicates that the average American throws away $28-$43 in the form of approximately 20 pounds of food each month.
Held at the Miramar Intergenerational Fruit & Vegetable Garden, the 2016 Disco Soup drew students, seniors, veterans and families who celebrated the delicious flavors of locally-grown food. What better way to cultivate community than by hosting educational events which foster the principle of being “in contribution” and promote healthy living. Just like participatory art installations, Disco Soup audiences become part of a collaborative culinary performance. There was an all-around good vibe at the Disco Soup, where community engagement was palpable!