Waste not want not
How much perfectly good food goes into the mouth of the Bin God in your house? A new report shows that Britons are throwing away nearly £60 worth of food per household - that’s 24 meals a month. Or if you prefer a scary annual figure, that’s 4.2 TONNES A YEAR.
The government-backed Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), who carried out the survey, said that the top 3 foods to chuck were milk, bread and potatoes – and we’re very squeamish about chicken and fish – throwing out the equivalent of 96 million chickens a year.
The good news is that we’re getting better at not wasting food – waste has been reduced by 21% since 2007. But Wrap are looking to cut food waste by a further 1.7 million tonnes by 2025 – and we need to do our bit.
But should it just be down to us? While we’re hardly a nation of skilled home economists, some of the fault has to lie with retailers, with their lily-livered sell by dates and one-size-fits-all portions. Also, when we shop, we’re in thrall to promotions, which often don’t add up to square meals.
With Tesco taking measures about food waste by scrapping BOGOFs and big bags of salad, as well as giving customers advice on what to do with leftovers, there’s a outside chance that by 2025 that wizened stick of celery at the back of the fridge won’t end up in the bin.
Instead, you will be eating it on a bed of stale bread, mouldy potatoes and aged chicken while crying softly to yourself. Bon appetit!