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WRAP welcomes PM's food waste focus

Prime Minister Gordon Browns comments that the UK needs to stop wasting food have been welcomed by Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) chief executive Liz Goodwin.

She was also pleased that the Government has announced a more joined-up approach to food policy.

She said: We believe it is vital that we tackle the amount of good food that we are wasting as it hits the environment and our pockets. In WRAPs recent report The Food We Waste we highlighted that of the £10 billion of food we throw away, £6 billion worth is unused or untouched. This includes 1.3m yoghurts, which would fill seven double decker buses every day.

An average household throws out £420 of good food a year, but for the average family with children its even higher at £610. In a time of soaring food prices this makes no sense at all.

Stopping this food waste could avoid 18m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents from being emitted each year, which is the same as taking one in five cars off UK roads.

WRAP is working with members of the public via its Love Food Hate Waste campaign. So far, according to our research, 3.5m households have taken action on tackling food waste.

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