Waste not want not.
That was a saying of my Parents, when it came to me not eating my dinner. Then there was “there are so many starving kids in the world you shouldn’t waste food. To this day I don’t understand the waste not want not saying but I certainly understand the need of hungry people. With the rise and rise of people having to use food banks there can be no excuse for the big supermarkets to be throwing food away.
An inquiry in 2014 estimated that 89,000,000 tonnes of food are wasted across the EU annually. The UK creates more waste than any other country in the EU, dumping 14,000,000 tonnes a year- or twice as much food per capita as the EU average.
More than half of this total is generated in households across Britain, with the manufacturing, retail and wholesale markets accounting for around 30% of the UK's total losses.
Tesco is of the few supermarkets to voluntarily publish its food waste statistics. The grocery giant wrote off 55,400 tonnes of food last year - slightly less than would be expected given its market share.
The supermarket is gradually extending a restribution scheme in collaboration with the charity FareShare, and claims it now gives away "4.7 million meals" of waste food annually. In October last year, Morrisons also announced it would be donating all its excess produce to charity.
There is no legal requirement for British supermarkets to donate waste food to charity, but a number of politicians have backed calls for the UK to adopt a law banning the practice of throwing food away.
Over the next 5 years of Conservative government, will be encouraged people to live an ever-more healthy life-style to reduce the pressure on the NHS. What better way to do this than to ensure the most needy have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury if on benefits or a very low income?
France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.
Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, large shops will no longer bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Charities will be able to give out millions more free meals each year to people struggling to afford to eat.
This article was written to highlight the issue. There are many people in this country struggling to feed their families. If you feel that you agree don’t stay silent please,
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