Food wastage is unsustainable – discuss…

Just reading the latest report from WRAP about food wastage (HERE)… 6.7 million tonnes of food a year in the UK dumped in the bin before consumption, that’s about a third of all food purchased in the UK. Quite staggering figures in the report… for example every day we throw away:

  • 5.1 million whole potatoes
  • 4.4 million whole apples
  • 2.8 million whole tomatoes
  • 7 million whole slices of bread
  • 1.3 million unopened yoghurts and yoghurt drinks
  • 1.2 million sausages
  • 1 million slices of ham
  • 0.7 million whole eggs
  • 0.7 million whole bars of chocolate and unwrapped sweets
  • 0.3 million unopened meat-based ready meals or takeaways
  • 0.3 million unopened packets of crisps

No wonder we’ve moved beyond a single planet economy. It’s a strange old world when there’s a food shortage resulting in riots in many countries (not helped by biofuels perhaps) and there’s this level of wastage here…  maybe organisations signing up to the Courtauld Commitment is a start?

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