“This will haunt people for the rest of their lives.” Kate Moore, pig farmer in East Yorkshire Farmers in the UK are facing the prospect of slaughtering 120,000 healthy pigs because there are not enough workers in abattoirs (slaughterhouses) due to a Brexit-induced labour shortage. Around 80% of skilled butchers in the UK are fromContinue reading “Why might 120,000 pigs have to be wasted in the UK?”
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 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”
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tabled an amendment written by me and Feedback to the Environment Bill Update: the amendment was debated but sadly withdrawn I’m beyond delighted that this amendmentContinue reading “Food waste in UK politics – July 2021”
The concept ‘mottainnai’ applies to things that we think we should not waste – but who decides what is waste?
Sustainability should be accessible for everyone! It shouldn’t take extra money, energy or time to be sustainable. Currently it does. We live in an unsustainable society, so being good for the planet is hard. It’s hard not to fly because trains are expensive and take a longer time; it’s hard to buy clothes without humanContinue reading “Seven sustainable food waste solutions”
I was staggered when I read that supermarkets are making millions of pounds a year off food waste that we, their consumers, produce. Then I reread it – it is actually BILLIONS. At the top of the food chain, Tesco makes a £4bn profit each year from the food wasted in homes. Moreover, food businessesContinue reading “Secret supermarket food waste”
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”