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‘Parliament throws 45,000 meals in the bin while 70,000 London kids go hungry’ – Labour MP

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Parliament wasted 45,000 meals last year as tens of thousands of children go hungry across London, an MP has said.

New figures that reveal the staggering amount of food waste in the British parliament have prompted calls for MPs to donate their unused meals to those in need.

Shadow Commons Leader Chris Bryant called on the government to give uneaten meals to local food banks in the capital.

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Last year 1.2 million sausages were sent to landfill in Rhondda Cynon Taf alone, which is why it is great that the local council is now signing everybody up to proper food recycling,” the Welsh Labour MP said.

But new figures show that this House last year wasted 45,000 meals that were just tipped in the bin.

With 33 Trussell Trust food banks within the M25 and an estimated 70,000 children in London going to bed hungry each night, would it not be time for the leader to institute a new scheme to donate unused food from this palace to local London food banks?

 

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By Paul Bedard | FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 10:55 AM

Nearly a third of the 430 billion pounds of food produced for Americans to eat is wasted, a potential catastrophe for landfills and a wake-up call to officials scrambling to feed the hungry, according to a stunning new report from the Department of Agriculture.

The just-issued report revealed that in 2010, 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of food produced for Americans to eat was wasted, either molded or improperly cooked, suffered “natural shrinkage” due to moisture loss, or because people became disinterested in what they purchased.

“In 2010, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food at the retail and consumer levels in the United States went uneaten, and this amount is valued at $161.6 billion using retail prices. This amount of food loss translates into 141 trillion calories in 2010. These estimates suggest that annual food loss in the United States is substantial,” said Ag.

The report comes as the administration is growing concerned about landfills running out of space and struggling to help the one-sixth of Americans who go hungry every day. The report noted that 14 percent of garbage dumped into landfills is food waste, and that 49 million people, mostly poor, need more food.

While waste isn’t new to America, the volume revealed in the report is shocking, and the reasons sometimes just as surprising.

The report provides estimates of waste for different foods, including the top food groups wasted. No. 1 in 2010, the sample year, was the group including meat, poultry and fish. The report said 30 percent, or $48 billion, was wasted.

The reasons for trashing food included dented cans, spills, mold, poor coloring and even religion. Below is USDA’s list of reasons consumers trashed their food:

• Spillages, abrasion, bruising, excessive trimming, excessive or insufficient heat, inadequate storage, technical malfunction.

• Sprouting of grains and tubers, biological aging in fruit.

• Consumers becoming confused over “use-by” and “best before” dates so that food is discarded while still safe to eat.

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Food waste report shows UK families throw away 24 meals a month

Report finds Britons are chucking out 4.2m tonnes of food and drink every year that could have been consumed

Why do we still waste so much food at home?

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The top three foods being thrown away uneaten in British homes are bread, potatoes and milk. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

The average UK family is wasting nearly £60 a month by throwing away almost an entire meal a day, according to a new report that reveals the scale of the ongoing challenge to reduce household food waste.

Britons are chucking out the equivalent of 24 meals a month, adding up to 4.2 million tonnes of food and drink every year that could have been consumed. Almost half of this is going straight from fridges or cupboards into the bin. One-fifth of what households buy ends up as waste, and around 60% of that could have been eaten.

There has been no progress in reducing meat and fish wastage, with Britons still throwing away the equivalent of 86 million chickens every year. The top three foods being thrown away uneaten in British homes are bread, potatoes and milk. The equivalent of 24m slices of bread, 5.8m potatoes and 5.9m glasses of milk are being wasted daily, while even cakes and pastries make it into the top 10 most wasted items.

The study by the government’s waste advisory body, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap), shows that since 2007, avoidable household food waste has been cut by 21% to 4.2m tonnes, saving consumers almost £13bn.

UK food waste by food group

Wrap said that such waste should be cut a further 1.7m tonnes a year by 2025, saving up to £45bn. Its chief executive, Dr Liz Goodwin, called on retailers, manufacturers, governments and consumers to agree to a “major combined effort”.

 

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Europeans waste 90m tons of food per year: UN

The United Nations says Europeans throw away 90 million tons of food every year, while a significant number of people continue to go hungry in other parts of the world.

 

A recent UN report revealed that millions of households across Europe are throwing out a colossal amount of edible food, while millions of people around the world do not have enough food to eat, Press TV correspondent Zarya Shakely reported on Sunday.

The bulk of this waste is attributed to consumers who buy more food than they consume, the international body said.

 

“Because a lot of households do not know, they are not aware of how much food they waste in their households. I think when an individual is aware of the food-wasting problem, there will also be a change in other sectors in the food supply chain,” said Felicitas Schneider with the Vienna Waste Management Institute.


In Austria alone, 25 percent of all the food produced in the country is wasted each year, with the average household spending approximately 300 euros worth of unused groceries – mostly consisting of leftovers like fruit, vegetables, bread, dairy products and meat.

“I feel bad because customers only want to buy food that is fresh, and also we are not allowed to sell bad food and we are not able to do anything against this. The only thing we can do is to take it with us home,” said Dogan Kayikci, a market trader.

This is while according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), some 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted globally every year.

Experts recommend that food wastage can be reduced with better planning before shopping to get food portions right and storing food correctly to keep it fresh longer. Politicians are also encouraged to introduce policies that would reduce the level of food waste.

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