The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee holds its first evidence session on food waste in England. The Committee hears from campaigners in this area, examining the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste with a focus on consumers, the retail and hospitality sectors, and local government.
Tuesday 15 November 2016, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, broadcaster and campaigner
- Tristram Stuart, founder, Feedback
Purpose of the session
The session explores a number of themes including:
- The impact of food waste in England
- Measures to reduce food waste by retailers, the hospitality sector, local government, and consumers
- The effectiveness of voluntary initiatives and the need for legislation
In the UK, approximately 8 million tonnes of food is wasted post-manufacture, including households, retail and wholesale and hospitality/food sector. Sixty percent of this could have been avoided. This has an annual value of approximately £16 billion a year.