Nine million tonnes of the UK’s food waste could have been eaten. Eek
We're sure you've asked yourself this question many a time – where does all my money go?
Well, the answer could be lurking in your fridge. MPs have revealed we’re chucking away £12.5bn-worth of food every year, the majority of which is happening (unnecessarily) in the home. Yikes.
A report compiled by the Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee says: “Half the UK’s food waste occurs in the home, with the average household throwing away the equivalent of six meals every week at a cost of £250-£400 a year.”
The solution? MPs say that more people need to be encouraged to buy British food to reduce imports from abroad (yes, even those misshapen fruit and veg – they’re trendy now, so you can do it), shop more regularly (yes, we all stock up for a snow day when doing the weekly shop), and best-before dates should be revisited.
Anne McIntosh, Tory chairman of the committee, added: “Nine million tons of food goes into bins each year, yet a considerable proportion is fit for consumption.”