Food waste worry

Jamie Oliver has responded to the news today that up to half of the world’s food is wasted.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers claimed the waste was down to poor storage, consumers put off by sell-by dates, bulk offers in the shops and consumer fussiness.

Jamie responded: “There’s obviously a lot for everyone to think about at the moment about saving money and trying not to be wasteful, but we all need to look forward five years and see what might happen if we ignore this.”

He added: “We need to look at the amount of waste at home and in the supermarkets, which adds up to hundreds of millions of pounds a year, and could feed a small African country!

“It’s something that I’m trying to get better at but most of us are all guilty of waste.”

The other worrying figure is that 30 per cent of the world’s grown food isn’t even harvested.

Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is staggering. This is food that could be used to feed the world’s growing population – as well as those in hunger today.

“It is also an unnecessary waste of the land, water and energy resources that were used in the production, processing and distribution of this food.

“The reasons for this situation range from poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure through to supermarkets demanding cosmetically perfect foodstuffs and encouraging consumers to overbuy through buy-one-get-one-free offers.”

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