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Consumers Are Not To Blame For The Bulk Of U.K. Food Waste

November 15, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Environmental author and Feedback founder Tristram Stuart told a British legislative panel that blaming consumers for most of the country’s food waste – more than 50 percent – is “bogus.” Stuart, testifying with other activists before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said that data from higher up the food chain is either nonexistent, or “self-generated” and unaudited. There has been no reliable measurement of food waste in manufacturing, in supermarkets or on farms. No one has thought to monitor fish wasted at sea or edible offal in slaughterhouses. Stuart and colleagues called for mandatory reporting of corporate food waste data, similar to the information volunteered by grocery retailers Tesco and Sainsbury's.
Megan Tatum, "Figures Blaming Shoppers for Food Waste are Bogus, MPs Told", The Grocer, November 15, 2016, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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