Waste not want not … there’s a lot to be said about global eating habits these days.
As an increasing number of UK families are struggling to survive, it has emerged that British supermarkets are throwing away over 10 billion pounds worth of food each year.
Charity Oxfam has warned that 13 million Brits do not have enough to live on.
Speaking to Russia Today, Tristram Stuart, author of ‘Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal’ said:
“At the moment we pay supermarkets and other food businesses to trash the planet, to grow food, and then waste a third of it. We need to make a demand as consumers that they change their behavior as well.
“When we go to a supermarket and see that all the carrots are straight and all the apples look the same we need to say, ‘Hold on a sec, why do all these fruits and vegetables look the same? What did that supermarket do with all the wonky ones?’ and demand that actually they stock all the vegetables as they’re grown.
“I spent many years visiting the skips of supermarkets and literally, you open up a skip and what you see is an array of perfectly good vegetables and fruit that have been thrown away. And most people think, ‘Gosh, how disgusting to get food out of a bin.’ It’s true, it is disgusting. But what’s disgusting is that we’re throwing away fit-for-consumption food.”
Tom Fletcher from Beggar’s Banquet, an organisation that has been salvaging surplus food from London’s restaurants and markets, said:
“As a chef I’ve seen food being wasted at every restaurant and every event I’ve ever done, and on a bigger scale at the supermarkets and an even larger scale at these big markets.
“The food that we are taking is not good enough to sell, but too good to throw away…It’s just kind of OK to get someone to throw it in the bin when there’s people starving. Not just in other countries where the food came from, but in this country.”