The government has appointed a food waste champion to tackle the problem of 250m meals being thrown away in the UK each year.Will they have to undergo a Thunderdome-style clash with the obesity champion, I wonder?
Elliot’s first task will be to oversee the Food Waste Fund, a £15m pilot scheme which will redistribute surplus food, Gove said.
Working with businesses and other stakeholders from across retail, manufacturing, hospitality and food services, he will also support government consultations on the introduction of mandatory food waste reduction targets and redistribution obligations.You can all look forward to prices going up in the supermarkets then. Don't worry, they'll just blame Brexit!
Elliot said: “While families all over the country struggle to put food on the table and children still go to school each day with empty stomachs, there continues to be an unforgivable amount of food waste, which is both morally deplorable and largely avoidable.
“As a nation, we need to stop this excessive waste and ensure that surplus food finds its way to people in our society who need it most, and not let it get thrown away and go to landfill.”Who is this cretin to tell us what is 'morally deplorable?
In his role as chair of the Quintessentially Foundation, Elliot, who is the Duchess of Cornwall’s nephew...Ah. I take no lessons in morality from such.
...has worked with the Felix Project, a charity targeting food waste and food poverty in London which claims to have diverted up to £1bn of surplus food to those in need.Has anyone tested the claims? No? Didn't think so.
And don't believe all you read about piles of 'wasted' food rotting in mountains. It's just not true.
Currently around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year, the government says. It is estimated a further 100,000 tonnes of food – equating to 250m meals a year – is edible and readily available but goes uneaten. Instead, it is sent away for generating energy from waste, or for animal feed.Which will in turn provide more food and the energy to heat that food. So it's not 'wasted' at all.