Building on last week’s programme, the TV personality raised his concerns about the startling volume of food wasted every year in the UK.
If we were to achieve zero food waste to landfill nationwide, by 2020 we could generate over 1.1tW of energy and 27 million fewer tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.
We’d also return over 1.3 million tonnes of nutrient-rich fertiliser to farmland and save the public sector over £3.7 billion – a huge economic benefit which is currently being overlooked.
‘As well as raising widespread awareness about the huge amount of food wasted in the UK, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste documentary sparked some powerful discussions surrounding food production, manufacture and supply.
‘From production to consumption, Hugh identified areas in the supply chain where we currently waste the greatest volume of food, and slammed supermarkets for failing to stock edible produce simply due to its appearance. Importantly, he also identified that retailers don’t donate all their surplus, edible food to local charities, instead throwing bins and bins worth of edible food away each day.’
Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood