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Andrew Smith MP welcomes the launch of Oxford Pumpkin Festival

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This week Andrew Smith MP supported the first-ever Oxford Pumpkin Festival.

During Halloween, pumpkins can be found all over Oxford. This pumpkin-themed festival works to pull people over to the cause of healthier, sustainable eating. With more than a third of the world's food ending up in the bin - causing global warming, higher food prices, and world hunger - Good Food Oxford, a new group, have followed up the launch of their Food Charter in June with a new project in combination with Hubbub.

From cooking community soups to making pumpkin compost, the Festival will show festival-goers how to fully use their pumpkins after carving them over Halloween.

Community groups such as Conservation Volunteers, Community First, the Oxford Community Food Bank, and Rose Hill Regeneration, are all playing a part.

Andrew said, "I am pleased to support Oxford Pumpkin Festival, a fun way of showing how important it is that we get a handle on our out-of-control global warming. I supported the Good Food Charter during Low Carbon Week earlier this year and I am happy to reaffirm my support for healthier, sustainable eating."

"During this year, an Oxford household will bin just under a fifth of all the food that it buys", Andrew continued. "I hope this festival encourages residents to make the links between reducing the city's food waste and tackling our climate problem."

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