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Reducing food waste in the UK

Catherine Fookes: In May, leading retailers in the UK announced their latest bids to reduce food waste by trialling new packaging in stores that claims to keep fruit and vegetable fresher. Food waste in the UK is a major issue with UK households throwing away over 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink every year - the majority of which could have been eaten. To make matters worse, it’s costing us £12 billion a year and is having an impact on the environment as well. Retailers such as Tesco estimate that the new packaging, being trialled on tomatoes and avocados, could save over 1.6m packs of tomatoes and 350,000 packs of avocados every year - numbers not to be sniffed at.

19 June 2013 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 3

The future of our food

Catherine Fookes: It’s hard not to notice that our food prices have shot up, and while we might not be going hungry just yet, what’s the bet that a lot of us are starting the New Year slightly more cash strapped than last, armed with ways of feeding ourselves on a budget, planning imaginative meals with leftovers and generally cutting back on dining out. The increase in food prices is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s increasingly becoming a worldwide issue of food security. Launched this week, the Enough Food for Everyone, IF campaign, is tackling world hunger head on with a hard hitting celebrity backed campaign supported by industry and charitable organisations - the latest in a string of initiatives to tackle this issue.

25 January 2013 | 654 Comments | Recommended by 9

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