Britain throws away £15.1 billion worth of food annually, we learned yesterday, while in the same week the issues of world hunger and food justice were examined during World Food Day (October 16, 2013).
In an article that was published in most British newspapers – and discussed on radio and television – supermarket giant Tesco revealed that 68 per cent of its bagged salads, 48 per cent of its bakery goods and 24 per cent of its grapes go to waste.
Fifteen million tons of food are discarded annually in Britain, with households responsible for nearly half this amount, according to the Waste And Resources Action Programme (Wrap), a recycling quango.
Almost four million tons are thrown away despite being perfectly edible.
As Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association said at a Faith in Food conference organised by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation held in London in 2011: ‘We in the West are using far more than our fair share of resources to feed ourselves. We are taking from the plates of others.’
And, according to yesterday’s report, we in Britain alone are wasting so much food that could be sent to food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and animal sanctuaries and put to good use.
Please visit the websites below to see how you can make a difference.
To learn about Love Food Hate Waste, please click here.
To read more about World Food Day, please click here.
To read the article in the Daily Mail, please click here.
To find out more about Wrap, please click here.