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Efra committee returns to food waste

MPs have kicked off a series of hearings on food security, with an emphasis on waste.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee, which scrutinises the work of Defra, is holding its first evidence session to explore influences on consumer behaviour, including the role of retailers, food waste and redistribution.

The first group of witnesses includes food critic Jay Rayner; Mark Linehan from the Sustainable Restaurant Association; Morrison Supermarkets’ agriculture manager Andrew Loftus; Lindsay Boswell, chief executive officer of FareShare; and represrntatives of the Trussell Trust.

The food and drink sector in the UK is responsible for 3.7 million jobs and 7% of the overall economy. It is 62% self-sufficient in food production.

An initial Efra report in July focused on food production, supply and the systems necessary to ensure future food security. This second phase follows publication of an Efra report on 22 October into England’s waste management.

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