|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 decade.
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.