National Food Strategy: tackling food waste is low-hanging fruit

Four years ago, Henry Dimbleby, the co-founder of Leon, was asked by the government to carry out a review of the food system, particularly looking at the accessibility of healthy food and the impact of the food system on the environment. Two weeks ago, the government finally responded to the review in a policy paper.Continue reading “National Food Strategy: tackling food waste is low-hanging fruit”

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tabled an amendment written by me and Feedback to the Environment Bill Update: the amendment was debated but sadly withdrawn I’m beyond delighted that this amendmentContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – July 2021”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

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 targets for food waste TheContinue 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”