Food Waste in the UK

Speak boldly  Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall!

From BBC News Magazine

Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky

There is little doubt this situation is just as bad in the US and around the world.  Yet the big food companies (not food producers) tell us we’ll all starve if we don’t buy their products to produce more food.  It’s a pack of lies.  We waste far too much food.  What we have is a distribution problem and in the first world countries we have so much food that we are incredibly picky.

Food waste is a subject i feel is important – as a cattle rancher and mom, i hear a lot of people complain (in the US) about the high cost of food, yet most producers (meats, eggs, chicken, vegetables, fruit) barely scrape out a living.  The facts are that the cost of production continues to skyrocket, yet, by and large, the producer’s income has remained stagnant while the consumer’s cost has risen only a little.  The margins are very thin and oftentimes only the much aligned farm subsidies provided by the govt are the difference between going another year and losing the farm.  We could utilise our resources much more efficiently and produce a great deal more foodstuffs.  But there is no reason to do so.  Food is so cheap, we would simply lose money.

That huge pile of parsnips that Mr Fearnly-Whittingstall is standing in front of could consumed by cattle or sheep or just returned to the soil to be ploughed back in, but will it?  For sure, the food you throw into your bin at home will go only to the landfill.

Okay, i’ll step off my soapbox now!  😉



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7 thoughts on “Food Waste in the UK”

  1. I am not familiar with the economics of food prices, so I found what you said very educational – thank you. I too am saddened by the food that is wasted, especially those that do not reach the people in need, but rather are dumped in the garbage. I hope we all will develop a sense of community and help unfortunate ones get these food. oh, and giving the food back to the soil is an excellent idea. tell me; will burying the food pieces in the soil work? I am hesitant as I am thinking it may attract pests or become odorous; what is your opinion?

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    1. Many first world cultures have to have some sort of govt (taxpayer) subsidy to make ends meet – really too bad. Otherwise, though, food prices would actually get to parity –or where they would be in the real world economy. Yes, burying and/or composting would and does work fabulously – even on large scale. Properly composted food waste doesn’t have any smell and makes wonderful medium for starting and growing new plants. Meat and bones, however, would not be as appropriate – they can be composted, but it takes more work. on my tiny little garden plot, i’m dumping on the apple cores along with the bumps and bruised i’ve carved out just straight onto the bed. If it gets warm, they will draw flies if i don’t cover them. But covered, then rain, snow, cold for several months, it’ll be stunning for next spring’s planting. I throw anything the chooks won’t eat on the garden spot. I didn’t do a garden this year, so i’m starting from scratch again and a much smaller plot, too.

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    1. If only more were like you and me. I suspect you are just as maniacal about food waste as i am. well maybe that’s not the nicest word choice, but you know what i mean. In other words we practically hyperventilate if we see someone dump a bowl of apples in the bin just because there are a couple dings in them. 🙂

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