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Gordon (that’s Brown, not Ramsay this time) wants us to stop wasting food

publication date: Jul 7, 2008
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author/source: Fiona Beckett
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown stepped in to the debate on rising food prices today with an injunction to the public to stop wasting food.

A government study has revealed that British families are throwing away a staggering 4.1m tonnes of food every year, at an average cost of around £420 per household.

"If we are to get food prices down we must also do more to deal with unnecessary demand such as by all of us doing more to cut our food waste which is costing the average household in Britain about £8 per week" pronounced the PM

The average British household apparently spends 9% of its income on food the survey reveals but there is a significant gap between the poorest tenth of the population (including students I suspect) who spend 15% and the wealthiest who spend just 7% of their income.

Much of the recent media coverage on waste has focussed on the fact that many people throw away entire meals uneaten. So are you a guilty culprit or a leftover queen? Own up and tell me the most wasteful thing you’ve ever chucked and I’ll write and tell you what you could have done with it ;-)


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