|UK: One third of UK food
14 Apr 2005
Around a third of food grown for human consumption in
the UK is thrown away, according to the BBC.
Its ‘Costing the Earth,’ programme found
that changes in people's habits and scares over food
safety are helping wastage to increase by 15% every
decade. According to government and food industry studies
each adult wastes food worth £420 (US$793) each
The government adviser on food and farming, Lord Haskins,
said the figures were outrageous. BBC rural affairs
correspondent Tom Heap said demands for "pristine
looking" produce means a lot of food does not make
the grade and never leaves the farm gate.
People are eating out more, and the catering industry
throws away one third of all they buy, he said.
A 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.