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Food waste or food loss is food that is discarded or lost or uneaten. The causes of food waste or loss are numerous, and occur at the stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption.

Recorded coverage of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee session on food waste, with evidence from broadcaster and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and founder of Feedback Tristram Stuart, from Tuesday 15 November 2016 . . .

Food Waste Committee on iPlayer

“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, after China and the U.S. On a planet of finite resources, with the expectation of at least two billion more residents by 2050, this profligacy is obscene.” – Tristram Stuart

Too Good to Waste . . . in Greater Manchester

FareShare Greater Manchester has teamed up with New Smithfield Market to save good food from going to waste at the North West’s largest wholesale market.

Every month at least 200 tonnes of surplus fruit and vegetables are sent for composting or animal feed from New Smithfield Market in East Manchester. At least 10% of this food is fit for human consumption and has quite acceptable quality. At the same time, thousands of Manchester residents on low incomes struggle to access fresh food.

FareShare Greater Manchester’s Too Good to Waste initiative captures at least two tonnes of this food each week. Volunteers quality control it and then redistribute it to charities, schools and food banks tackling poverty in Greater Manchester. Staff at charities and schools turn the fresh produce into nutritious meals.

FareShare Greater Manchester Needs Volunteers

FareShare Greater Manchester needs Volunteers to rescue perfectly good Food from being wasted

More info. about FareShare Greater Manchester and volunteering.

As of 2013, half of all food is wasted worldwide. Loss and wastage occurs at all stages of the food supply chain or value chain In low-income countries, most loss occurs during production, while in developed countries much food – about 100 kilograms (220 lb) per person per year – is wasted at the consumption stage.The average UK household throws away the equivalent of six meals every week*, costing us as a nation £12.5 billion a year, or almost £60 a month to the average family, despite a significant drive to reduce food waste.

Why is food wasted?

Initiatives on Food Waste



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      Historic plan to cut EU food waste in half. Thank you

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      12 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas: 12: Get some last-minute Christmas food ideas

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      12 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas: 11: Have a food waste party

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      12 tips for a tasty and planet-friendly Christmas: 7: Take action on Christmas food waste

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      End Food Waste Now

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