Saturday 24 March 2018

Supermarkets blamed for food waste scandal

Emily Beament

Supermarket supply chains are responsible for much of the "global scandal" of food waste, campaigners warned as they kicked off a series of free meal events highlighting the issue.

Around a third of the food produced around the world is wasted and while consumers are often labelled the worst offenders in rich countries, it has now emerged that the food industry is the main source of the problem.

Investigations by campaign group Feeding the 5000 found Kenyan farmers supplying European supermarkets are being forced to throw away as much as two-fifths of what they grow, in a country where more than a million people do not have enough to eat.

Tristram Stuart, founder of Feeding the 5000, said blaming consumers was "a distortion of the facts".

For example, "ugly" fruit and vegetables rejected on farms or in packhouses because they do not meet specific cosmetic requirements can amount to 20-30pc of the harvest, sometimes as much as half.

Irish Independent

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