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Half of the world's food is thrown away


10 January 2013

UK supermarkets reject 'wasted food' report claims




The report said half the food bought in
Europe and the US ended up in the bin 


Britain's biggest supermarkets have been defending their practices after a report suggested that up to half of the world's food is thrown away.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness.

The British Retail Consortium said supermarkets have "adopted a range of approaches" to combat waste.

They also lobbied the EU to relax laws stopping the sale of misshaped produce.

According to the report - Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not - from the UK-based institution, as much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, is wasted.

Its study claims that up to 30% of vegetables in the UK were not harvested because of their physical appearance. (...)

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20968076

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