Half of all food ‘thrown away’ claims report

waste food

One year ago today and this report appeared condemning the waste of food in this country, Europe and by implication western countries in general.  I wonder if anything has changed …..



Third world.
Hunger stalks the land,
walking hand-in-death-grip-hand
with famine, drought, calamity, disease;
whilst in the first, so-called ‘developed’ world,
the mainly western world
we pretty much do as we please.

We’re profligate with our resources, water, food
and I’ll include this chastening thought,
that every year we waste two billion tons,
fifty percent of food that we produce;
it makes me ashamed,
it makes no sense.

Deduce what you may,
I say one day we’ll pay
the price of that materialist creed;
the gluttony, the wanton waste, the greed,
the blind eye turned to the whole world’s need.
I’m all right Jack.  Fuck the rest,
I’ll do what’s best for me.

We must understand
the answer lies within our hand.
Two billion tons would feed the world,
when hunger stalks the land.


10th January 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes: “Half of all food ‘thrown away’ claims report.”  As much as half of the world’s food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, ends up being thrown away, a UK-based report has claimed.  The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness.  The study also found that up to 30% of vegetables in the UK were not harvested because of their physical appearance.  The institution’s Dr Tim Fox said the level of waste was “staggering”.  The report said that between 30% and 50% of the four billion tonnes of food produced around the world each year went to waste.  It suggested that half the food bought in Europe and the US was thrown away.


Food poverty in UK has reached level of ‘public health emergency’

If you’d like to see a parliamentary debate on why people are going hungry in this country when so much food is wasted each year by households and supermarkets then please join this campaign: http://chn.ge/1avsBiwfoodbank



Hunger is here.
Hunger is now.
Hunger in Britain.
That unwritten, unspoken shame
of a social divide that’s widening,
the slip-sliding ranks of the poor.
Hunger on the streets.
Hunger in the home.
The rise of the food-banks.
The disparity of hunger and greed
through government policy
condemning of those most in need.
We need the debate.
Why does the State allow this to happen.
Why does the State crap on the poor
and let the wealthiest live their own law?
Hunger with me.
I hunger for change.
Hunger to see hunger a stranger.




3rd December 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Food poverty in UK has reached level of ‘public health emergency’, warn experts.”  Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.  In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.  A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.  Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.  More than 50,000 people in have signed a petition calling for Parliament to hold a debate on the causes of food poverty in the UK.  The petition was launched on Monday by the writer and former food bank user Jack Monroe.  The petition has been backed by the Unite union and the national food bank charity the Trussell Trust.