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43: The Real Junk Food Project with Adam Smith

by | Jun 16, 2021

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
43: The Real Junk Food Project with Adam Smith

I saw a post about Adam on Facebook, and it was a list of where he used to be to where he is now and I was intrigued to how he got from those low points to where he’s at now! 

 Adam Smith has been on an incredible journey from being declared dead in 2010 by the Police, to being the founder and co-director of a multi winning and global initiative of The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP)

 He set up in December 2013, to revolutionise the disposal of avoidable food waste into landfill, the pioneering movement's manifesto is to: Feed bellies, not bins.

 A professional chef for over ten years, Adam has held a wealth of head chef positions, internationally. Whilst in Australia, Adam witnessed the scale of food waste, agriculturally and within the catering industry. Upon his return to the UK, he was inspired to set up TRJFP.

 Adam and TRJFP have received numerous plaudits and awards from organisations ranging from NESTA to The Observer. In 2014, Adam was voted one of the forty most influential men in the world by AskMen. The Telegraph voted Adam as one of the 50th most influential people in UK Food & Drink – Food & Drink Power List 2017

 Adam was a featured speaker on the TedX broadcast from Warwick University on February 28th 2015

 Some key points from our interview:

·        How he grew up in a domestic abusive home

·        How at ten years old he was sectioned in a mental health home

·        How he recovered from substance abuse

·        How he now recognises the impact of trauma had on his life

·        How he has turned his life of homelessness, prison, suicide attempt, self-harm etc around

·        How he is now passionate about food waste and feeding the world

·        How his practice of gratitude and kindness is important to him

"Feed bellies, not bins" – Adam Smith 


You can find out more about The Real Junk Food Project here: https://trjfp.com/about/

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