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Calls to cut food waste in Wales

The amount of food waste that Wales produces is staggering and needs to be reduced, according to the Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson.

Speaking at the Waste in Wales conference on May 14, Davidson said: The amount of food waste produced by householders in Wales is simply staggering around 330,000 tonnes per annum. Of this figure it is estimated that 61% is avoidable, that is 178,000 tonnes per annum.

The average household in Wales produces avoidable food waste worth £446 per year, when in other parts of the world there are food riots because of shortages. We have a moral as well as an environmental responsibility to change our ways.

Davidson believes that there needs to be an increased awareness of the use of the Earths resources and the amount of waste that is created.

We need to reduce waste from all sources. This is the most effective way of achieving resource efficiency and reducing the impact that waste has on Wales ecological footprint.

Image: Welsh Assembly Government

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