Food: Waste

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to reduce food waste; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK is an international leader in tackling food waste, and there has been a reduction in total food waste of 14% per person in the UK between 2007 and 2015 (post farm-gate), but there is more to be done. The Government recently launched its Resources and Waste Strategy which sets out a new approach to address food waste from farm to fork.

Last autumn, the Secretary of State announced a new pilot scheme to reduce food waste, supported by a £15 million fund. The first £5 million round of funding is currently being allocated to food redistribution organisations. The Government has appointed Ben Elliot as the food waste champion who will work with business leaders to ensure that the issue of food waste and surplus remains at the top of their agendas.

The strategy also sets out how the Government will consult on annual reporting of food surplus and waste by food businesses and support cross sector collaboration through the Courtauld 2025 agreement.

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