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Ros Scott speaks out against food waste

Food waste 215 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK each year.

122 million tonnes wasted in the industrialised world (which makes the British contribution of an eye-wateringly high proportion).

The latter figure is equal to the entire food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

It’s a far cry from the days when we were growing up. Any waste at all horrified my Granny. She went to the shops every day and bought what she needed for that day and no more. Most of what she bought was relatively locally produced, unprocessed and fresh.

photo by: Nick Saltmarsh
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Opinion: Love food, hate waste

Food-WasteI cannot be the only Liberal Democrat who was appalled by the scale of the food waste which had been calculated earlier this week by our largest food supplier, Tesco.

According to Tesco’s research something like 40% of apples, or half of bagged salad, or half of bakery items end up in the bin, either put there by the stores themselves (because they’ve decided it’s not fit to sell), or put there by us the consumer (because we’ve decided it’s not fit to eat).

Similarly I cannot be the only Lib Dem councillor …

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What can be done about food waste?

It is a little known fact that the European Union has a target for reducing food waste, aiming to reduce the 2011 level by half by 2020. Astonishingly, it was estimated that 89 million tonnes of food were wasted in 2011 across the European Union. As part of their efforts to reach their target, the European Commission have recently launched a public consultation on the subject.

In response, the House of Lords European Union Committee has launched an inquiry, seeking to establish a common understanding of the issue, identify and scrutinise proposed EU-level solutions, consider their implications and identify …

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Opinion: Time to get serious about food wastage

License Some rights reserved by szczelIt may not seem a naturally risky topic, but the rate at which we are wasting food is nothing less than scandalous. From gross inefficiencies at the heart of modern food production to domestic habits, food waste is the quiet scandal of the decade.

A recent BBC article reported that up to half of the food we produce is simply thrown away. Worldwide. The waste of North Americans and Europeans, says another report, could feed the world’s hungry several times over.

This makes for uncomfortable reading on all sides. …

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  • User AvatarPaul Walter 24th Nov - 1:35pm
    Matt (Bristol) Many thanks for that succinct summary with which I heartily agree!
  • User Avatarmatt (Bristol) 24th Nov - 1:35pm
    Hmm. I respect Danny Alexander, but this confirms my strong desire that he do not lead the party in the near future. If he is...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 24th Nov - 1:32pm
    Brilliant idea sfk! I may well try out that!
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 24th Nov - 1:30pm
    Many thanks indeed for that link, Ed. It is very encouraging to see such a great history lesson coming out of the advert.
  • User Avatarmatt (Bristol) 24th Nov - 1:25pm
    I'm just a semi-outsider here, as a fairly recent member who is in no-one's inner circle and gets most of his information about the LibDems...
  • User AvatarChrisB 24th Nov - 12:58pm
    A lot of supposition and fear on this thread, facts are scant though. Referencing previous agreements is meaningless and we shall have to wait and...