Food Waste

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According to Friends of the Earth wasting food is bad for the environment – including the climate, and present us with the following facts, as they say, we simply keep throwing perfectly good food away:

  • £470 – the money an average UK family spend on food which is binned, not eaten
  • 240, 000 – tonnes of food is wasted by UK supermarkets every year
  • 100 million – pints of milk are tipped down the drain each year in the UK

Wow, this is not good is it! 

Olio suggests that food waste is a chronic market failure as they say that 33-50% of all food produced globally is never eaten .. meanwhile 800 million people go to bed hungry every night – each and every one could be sufficiently fed on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the USA, UK and Europe each year:

  • In the UK the average family throws away 22% of their weekly shop.
  • 25% of the world’s fresh water supply is used to grow food that is never eaten.
  • If food waste were a country it would be the 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gasses

Reading this information from Friends of the Earth and Olio took me on to reading more, such as the information on the Love Food Hate Waste website which quite rightly states, in my opinion, that food is a social activity, a comfort, an essential, and a luxury, but then goes on to question why UK households waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year, 4.5 million of which is edible… those 4.5 million tonnes are enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins, or 90 Royal Albert Halls. 

So, we are doing our bit, but we want to encourage you to do your bit too, or a little more than you usually do.  I for one have been horrified by the amount of food waste that I am generating whilst homeworking.  What I do waste does go into the compost bin, so it will come to some use, however, I am now questioning the amount of food that I buy and why I generate so much food when it can be put to better use, as suggested by Love Food Hate Waste – there’s some great recipes on their website.  So, over the next four weeks I will be weighing what I waste with the aim of reducing it week on week.  I need some company in this challenge so I look forward to you taking part and sharing your food waste stories on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram … you can download the measuring tools and instructions here.

Come on Islington, let’s stop wasting food!