Steve Rotheram MP calls on the Government to end the scandal of food waste(January 28, 2016)
Steve Rotheram MP at the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill photocall in Parliament. Standing alongside a display showing a typical example of a FareShare delivery of good quality food to one of its charities. FareShare supplies food to 2,135 charities and community groups that transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.
Steve Rotheram MP has today shown his support for the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill which will tackle the scandal of food waste.
We have committed to the UN target of halving food waste by 2030. But while consumers have already reduced their food waste by over 20% since 2007, over half of all food waste occurs before we even have a chance to buy it. Suppliers and supermarkets urgently need to take responsibility for reducing the huge amount of waste generated upstream, particularly on farms.
The Food Waste (Reduction) Bill sets out a clear path for reducing the huge amount of food wasted before it even reaches our shopping bags, and for increasing the amount of good surplus food that is donated to charities.
Steve said: "It is scandalous that food on this scale is being wasted, especially at such a time when people - including many in my constituency - are having to rely upon Foodbanks. Supermarkets must take more responsibility for the large quantities of food waste they cause in their supply chain. We also need to reverse the current situation which can make it cheaper for companies to dispose of good food than donate it to people in need".
Sponsor of the Bill Kerry McCarthy MP said: “We need urgent action to tackle the scandal of wasted food. The UK is throwing away 15 million tonnes of food a year. But while consumers have reduced their food waste by over 20% since 2007, over half of all food waste occurs before we even buy it".