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Waste reduction 'key to food security'

Tackling food waste is key to securing food production, the government’s chief scientific advisor has said.

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, professor Sir Bob Watson said pressure on farmers to produce more food could be cut by reducing waste, Farmers Weekly reports.

While food demand will double in the next 50 years because of population increase, food production need only increase by 30-60% if waste is cut, Watson told delegates.

He said: “Around 80% of food in developing countries is wasted before it gets to market.

“In the UK, most is wasted in food retail and in the home. If we can address this issue we could go a long way in securing food supplies.”

Figures released by WRAP last November showed household food waste fell 13% over the previous three years. However, the UK still throws away edible food worth £12bn a year.

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