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'Low food prices encourage waste' says Unilever chief

Unilever’s head of sustainability, Jan Kees Vis, has said food prices in developed countries are too low to discourage food waste.

Despite rising food prices in the UK, Kees Vis said half of the food bought in the city of London was not being consumed, The Telegraph reported.

Speaking at the CropWorld Glabal conference in London, Kees Vis said: “Places that offer food for lunch – chilled, day-fresh [food] - have made incredible growth, but the result is a lot of food is wasted.

“A big factor in why we waste so much food is that food has become too cheap. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t waste so much of it.”

WRAP figures show that British people throw away 4.4m tonnes of food waste per year - food that could have been eaten. This is about 60% of total household waste.

Kees Vis told the delegates that if less food was wasted in restaurants and in the home there would be less pressure to feed the world’s growing population.


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