Write to your MP to combat food waste

Here is a guide on how to write to your MP, with the latest actions you can take part in!

Who is my MP?

Find who your MP is and their email address using this link.

At the beginning of an email, it is a good idea to include your address, so they know you are one of their constituents. This will mean they are more likely to respond to you.

November 2020 actions

Ask your MP to include food waste in the Environment Bill

Example email

Here is an example email to send to your MP about food waste and the Environment Bill. Please personalise and edit as you see fit!

Subject: Include food waste prevention in the Environment Bill

Dear [Name of your MP]

I am writing to urge you to table an amendment to the Environment Bill about food waste prevention.

Food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, aviation is responsible for just over 2%. In the UK, we waste 9.5 million tonnes of food every year, which equates to more than 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. [Source: WRAP]

There are only six mentions of food waste in the Environment Bill, and they all relate to disposal – what to do when food waste has been created. I urge you to organise an amendment which calls for stronger prevention measures. Public awareness campaigns can only go so far, so these should include research programmes that seek out the root causes of food waste, how to overcome barriers for household food waste prevention, and what technological solutions could help citizens reduce food waste.

With COP26 on the horizon and nations all over the world increasing their climate ambitions, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve food waste prevention for when we leave the EU.

Thank you for your attention, and I hope you take these concerns and actions into consideration.

Kind regards,

[Your name]


Ask your MP to table a Parliamentary Question on food waste

Example email

Here is an example email to send to your MP about raising food waste in Parliament. Please personalise it and edit as you see fit!

Subject: Raising the issue of food waste prevention in Parliament

Dear [Name of your MP]

I am writing to urge you to raise the issue of food waste prevention in Parliament, preferably as a Parliamentary Question.

Food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. In comparison, aviation is responsible for just over 2%. In the UK, we waste 9.5 million tonnes of food every year, which equates to more than 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. [Source: WRAP]

Currently, the government seems to only be concerned with food waste disposal, and not prevention. There are only six mentions of food waste in the Environment Bill, and they all relate to disposal – what to do when food waste has already happened. I urge you to raise the issue of food waste prevention in Parliament.

Although 70% of food waste happens in peoples’ homes, campaigns rarely scrutinise how supermarkets and the wider food system contributes to this waste. Studies have shown that public awareness campaigns can only go so far, and more attention must be paid to larger systemic changes.

With that in mind, I recommend the following Parliamentary Questions to be tabled:

  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: what provisions will be made to prevent food waste in the UK, and not focus solely on disposal.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: how will the government tackle household food waste, considering public awareness campaigns can only go so far, and larger systemic changes are required.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: how will the government place more responsibility for household food waste on food businesses and supermarkets.

Thank you for your attention, and I hope you take these concerns and actions into consideration.

Kind regards,

[Your name]

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