|April 14, 2005
as reported by just-food.com: Fears of food safety
and an aversion to leftovers has led to UK consumers throwing
away about a third of the food grown for human consumption.
According to the BBC program ‘Costing the Earth,’
that by each tossing £420 (US$793) in food a year
UK consumers are helping wastage to increase by 15% every
According to BBC rural affairs correspondent Tom Heap
the phenomenon canned be explained by looking at increases
in eating out—the restaurant industry throws away
one third of what they buy-- and the consumers increased
need for aesthetically pleasing foods. Heap said a lot
of food does not meat the demands for "pristine
looking" produce and never leaves the farm gate.
Also lack of time or knowledge to use up leftovers
is also to blame for increasing food wastage. Observers
say scares over food safety means people bin food too
readily, the BBC said.