Waitrose report UK households unaware of the impact their food waste has on the planet

UK adults estimate that almost a third of what they buy ends up in the bin despite three in four making attempts to get more use out of the products that end up in their fridges and cupboards. The top three food items wasted are salad leaves, bread and milk. Other foodstuffs commonly ending up in the bin are bananas, cucumber,strawberries and potatoes (top 20 list below).The study of 2,000 adults commissioned by Waitrose found one in seven (14 per cent) forget to check use-by dates, while nearly one in…

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Falling carrots flood Houses of Parliament as FareShare calls for urgent food waste funding

On The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, food charity FareShare beamed falling carrots onto landmarks across the capital, including the Houses of Parliament – as they called on government to commit to vital food waste funding. Two million* tonnes of fresh, unsold food is wasted on farms and in factories every year, instead of being sent to charities supporting families in food poverty. Landmark funding that enabled farmers to redistribute this unsold food to frontline charities ended after just one year – and calls to renew…

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Gousto and DPD pioneer scheme to tackle food waste in supply chain

In a first for the meal kit category, recipe box Gousto has launched a pioneering scheme with courier partner DPD, to combat food waste within the supply chain. The scheme sees DPD drivers facilitate the rerouting of any failed box deliveries to the surplus food redistribution charity, FareShare. The food is then donated to charities and community groups who provide meals and support to vulnerable people all across the UK. Launching initially as a trial at DPD sites, the scheme will support Gousto’s commitment that no usable waste ends up…

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Over 1 Billion Tonnes More Food Being Wasted Than Previously Estimated, Contributing 10% of All Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WWF and Tesco publish Driven to Waste, a new report that quantifies the total amount of food lost on farms globally, revealing an estimated 2.5 billion tonnes of food goes uneaten around the world each year. That is an increase of approximately 1.2 billion tonnes on the established estimates of 1.3 billion tonnes wasted each year. These new estimates indicate that of all the food grown, approximately 40 per cent goes uneaten, which is higher than the previously estimated figure of 33%. Driven to Waste is the first quantification of…

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FareShare renews call for food waste funding to be continued

FareShare is once again calling for the renewal of a ground breaking government trial scheme, which helps with the costs of diverting surplus food to frontline charities. “When modest financial support to offset the additional costs of redistribution for farmers and producers is made available we can almost double the volume of food we save from waste in this country. When this support is withdrawn, thousands of tonnes of good quality surplus food within our supply chain will, inevitably, end up being wasted, instead of being diverted to charities supporting…

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