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Labour promises zero food waste policy

Labour has announced plans for a zero food waste policy if it comes into power at the next general election.

Mary Creagh

Mary Creagh, the shadow environment secretary, left, warned the industry she would look to cut out all food waste at the annual Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) Environment Seminar.

“We need to start treating food as the precious commodity that it is,” she said.”We want to see a revolution in the way in which people look at food”

Creagh said a ban on food waste to landfill was one measure that could eradicate overall food waste. “It is un-defendable that food is wasted and goes to landfill, where it then gives off harmful gases.”

She also told the seminar delegates that a consumption hierarchy would be established under a Labour government to establish priorities in the food system and prevent waste. People would be top of the hierarchy, followed by animals and then anaerobic digestion.

A policy could also include a good Samaritan clause, she added, which would enable supermarkets and food producers to donate food past its sell-by date to food banks or charities without fear of legal reprisals.

Creagh’s comments followed the publication of Institute of Mechanical Engineers report claiming half of the world’s food is wasted every year.

MRW also collated various reactions to the report.


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