WWF’s report on farm-level food waste

In July 2021, WWF published their report ‘Driven to Waste: The Global Impact of Food Loss and Waste on Farms‘. It added to the efforts of UNEP and the FAO to quantify how much food waste is made through supply chains, and help find solutions for Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. However, the definition of foodContinue reading “WWF’s report on farm-level food waste”

Best before, no more

Best before dates belong in the bin. “Best before” means that the food is at its prime before this date, but is still totally safe to eat afterwards. However, many people take this as a cue to throw it away. The “use by” dates are the ones that you need to take notice of. ButContinue reading “Best before, no more”

Food waste in UK politics – July 2021

I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In July 2021: The Earl of Caithness tabled an amendment written by me and Feedback to the Environment Bill Update: the amendment was debated but sadly withdrawn I’m beyond delighted that this amendmentContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – July 2021”

UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis

When I first saw the headline from the UNEP report that 931 million tonnes of food is wasted a year, I was happy! In 2011, an FAO report said it was 1.3 BILLION tonnes. But then I read closer – it was because the UNEP report did not include farm-level food waste. In all likelihood,Continue reading “UNEP Food Waste Index Report 2021: a brief analysis”

Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets

Do we have the right food waste targets? Why does it matter? In my previous blog ‘What is food waste?’ I explored how food waste is defined, who comes up with the definitions, and what impact this could have on policy. Since then, I have read Feedback’s (strangely named) report “When there’s no waste, there’sContinue reading “Holes and goals: The UK’s curious food waste targets”

Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021

Image by Erin Chapman I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In December 2020 and January 2021: The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published it Sixth Carbon Budget on how the UK can reach net zero by 2050, including targetsContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – Dec 2020 and Jan 2021”

Food waste as art: Part 2

Can food waste be beautiful? This question was posed by a Your Story contributor and inspired the first blog on ‘Food waste as art’ back in September, where I explored how artists have captured the morbidly fascinating process of decay. It turns out that creating art from food waste is not a rare phenomenon, andContinue reading “Food waste as art: Part 2”

Food waste in UK politics – November 2020

I often talk about needing bigger, ‘system’ changes to tackle food waste, and one example of this is changing food waste policy. In November 2020: The Environment Bill was on the agenda A couple of peers raised food waste in the House of Lords The Environment Bill Right now, the government have is pushing aContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – November 2020”

Food waste wonders at the V&A

Between May and October last year (2019) the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) held an exhibition called FOOD: Bigger than the Plate. As well as featuring sections around farming, trading and eating, the exhibition magically included the most interesting food waste showcase I’ve ever seen. I went to the exhibit with a myContinue reading “Food waste wonders at the V&A”