Following news that supermarket giant Tesco is reported to have discarded almost 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of this year, the UK’s other supermarkets are looking to shape up so as not to be put in the same league.
While the government is hesitant to put any legal action behind the matter, campaigners are keen to see supermarket chains put an end to the multiple product deals that see customers buying more than they need and wasting millions of tonnes of food every year.
The main products wasted appear to be bagged salad, of which Tesco has thrown out 68 per cent. These latest figures come as great concern to those undertaking economics degrees and leaders in the sector, where poor resource management has led to plans for drastic action.
Oxfam’s head of economic justice policy, Hannah Stoddard, said in this Guardian article on the subject, “Wasting this amount of food when almost a billion people go hungry every day and record numbers in the UK are using food banks, is nothing short of a scandal”.
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