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UK Retailer reveals 10-68% Food Wastage Print
Britain’s shameful waste of food has been confirmed by a new study that shows more than two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salads, just under half of bakery goods and four out of 10 of apples are thrown away.

Tesco, working in conjunction with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap), calculated the food waste “footprint” for 25 of the supermarket’s best-selling products – looking at what was wasted both inside its supermarkets and in the homes of its customers.

The retail giant admitted that 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in its stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year.

It also estimated that uneaten food costs families about £700 [R11,100] a year.

Last month, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report that 1.3 billion tonnes of food was wasted globally. Wasted food decays to produce methane, a significant greenhouse gas, and also wastes the water used to produce it. FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said as the report was launched: “In addition to the environmental imperative, there is a moral one: we simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste, when 870 million people go hungry every day.”

  • 7.2 million tonnes The amount of food wasted in UK homes each year
  • £2.5 billion The value of the food households throw away every year
  • 19 per cent The overall proportion of food bought by households that is wasted
  • 68 per cent The proportion of bagged salads that get wasted every year, including salads that never leave the farm, that are damaged during the packing stage, or thrown away by retailers and householder
  • One in four The number of apples in fridges and fruitbowls that are thrown away
  • 300,000 tonnes The amount of “ugly” fruit and vegetables sold in supermarkets last autumn after rules were relaxed about standards of fresh produce


SANHA Comments:

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam never wasted a single morsel, to the extent that he would lick his plate and fingers clean after eating. His beautiful teachings provide solutions to not only the spiritual, but our worldly predicaments as well.
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