Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government, the third sector and retailers should be deployed to influence and support consumer behaviours to help policy objectives, such as buying more British products.
Chair of the committee, Anne McIntosh MP commented, “With the impacts of climate change and rising world populations putting increasing pressure on food supplies, ensuring everyone can access affordable, healthy food presents a growing challenge for the UK.
“The myriad choices millions of people make every day on what food to buy and where to buy it from must be harnessed to support national food policy goals, not through increased regulation but through better information from retailers and central and local government.”
The MPs note two barriers the UK faces today, the first is a “health crisis” linked to poor nutrition. The report notes that adults are eating 50% more saturated fat and children eat 50% more sugar than recommended levels. As a result, the MPs recommend that the food industry provide better consumer information to help people choose healthier diets.
The second is food waste, a topic that has hit headlines over the last year. In the UK it is estimated that 40% of food never arrives in shops because of its ‘ugliness’ despite being edible. Globally it is thought that up to half of the food produced is never eaten.
McIntosh added, “Nine million tonnes of avoidable food waste goes into bins each year, yet a considerable proportion is fit for consumption when it’s discarded: this level of waste is unacceptable economically, socially and environmentally.”
She added that the government should set up a task force to co-ordinate national work to cut food waste by charities, councils, retailers, food producers and manufacturers in order to establish an effective redistribution network across the country.
Photo: Birmingham News Room via Flickr
Like our Facebook Page
Investing in a Sustainable Environmental Future for Northern Virginia
Prominent Trends in Seafood Sustainability in 2022
Can PEMF Help To Improve Plant Growth for Eco-Friendly Gardeners
How the U.S. Government is Promoting Green Energy in the Country
12 Essential Things for Buying Your First Home
Harnessing Sustainability with User-Centric Technology Innovation
Making Your Dream of Having an Eco-Friendly Garden Come True
Tips for Optimal Waste Management in Your Home
The Agricultural Benefits of Weather Stations for Eco-Friendly Farmers
What Makes Online Furniture Eco-Friendly?
7 Eco-Friendly Plant-Based Alternatives for Everyday Products
Top 5 Benefits of Eco-Friendly Cars
Why Eco-Friendly Homes Should Have Outdoor Bathrooms
Merits of Sustainability Reporting: What Every Manager Must Know
Low Emission and Clean Air Zones: What You Need To Know
4 Ways To Build A Sustainable Home
CEO Brian Ladin Explains How The Shipping Industry Is Going Green
A Guide to Eco-Friendly Landscaping
Why Transitioning Your Company to an EV Fleet Makes Sense?
6 Practices for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Plant Operations
- Features11 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy11 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features11 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Features10 months ago
5 Compelling Reasons to Hire an Eco-Friendly Contractor