Britons waste $40 billion in food annually

Mar 03, 2008

Britain is throwing away nearly half of all the food it produces, costing the nation an estimated $40 billion a year, it was reported Sunday.

About 20 million tons of food is thrown out each year, with most of it -- 16 million tons -- wasted in British homes, restaurants and hotels, The Independent reported.

Lord Haskins of Skidby, a former government adviser on rural affairs and chairman of Northern Foods, said eliminating some of the waste would help preserve the environment and help alleviate a global food shortage.

Food waste is a "shameful feature of most modern consumer societies," he said.

"Unfortunately, we live in a world where many people do not have access to food in general, and good-quality food specifically, while at the same time millions of tons of perfectly fine food are being disposed of," said Tony Lowe, chief executive of FareShare, the British national food charity.

"In the UK alone, the extent of food poverty is staggering, as millions of people with low or no income find it harder to access affordable, nutritious food."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Explore further: Nimoy inspired generations of sci-fi fans

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Gut bacteria from a worm can degrade plastic

Dec 03, 2014

Plastic is well-known for sticking around in the environment for years without breaking down, contributing significantly to litter and landfills. But scientists have now discovered that bacteria from the ...

Recommended for you

Bribery 'hits 1.6 billion people a year'

Feb 27, 2015

A total of 1.6 billion people worldwide – nearly a quarter of the global population – are forced to pay bribes to gain access to everyday public services, according to a new book by academics at the Universities of Birmingham ...

How music listening programmes can be easily fooled

Feb 26, 2015

For well over two decades, researchers have sought to build music listening software that can address the deluge of music growing faster than our Spotify-spoilt appetites. From software that can tell you ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.