Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI.

Whatever WRAP tells us we really do not throw away food worth 12.5 billion a year.

9 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. I always suspect that none of these mitherers have ever been skint. One of the worst things about being skint in this context is not having optional food. You don’t, say, buy that loaf because you might not eat it, but then end up perhaps going hungry because you’ve got nothing for a sandwich when you’re peckish.

    Of course this is the kind of imposed austerity they like; but to me, one of the goals of not being skint is having choices like that. I’ll buy a loaf, might not use all of it, but it’s there if I want it.

  2. Is this actually food waste or does the discarded stuff include items such as banana peel and apple cores, stuff no one eats. Its not that long since this topic came up previously and then there was no discrimination between actual food and the part of food that is not eaten. Have they actually measured waste of food this time or is this the same old nonsense.

  3. It proves yet again that liberal arts grads have no concept of numbers.

    Say 30M households in the UK.

    12.5B/30M = GBP 417 per year, or GBP 8 per household per week.

    Irrespective of what is included or not in the calculation, assuming it’s true, the headline is nonetheless less impressive when phrased as “Each UK household unnecessarily throws away GBP 8 a week of food”.

  4. WRAP do seem to be getting a bit less mad in other areas though. Previously they were just “against packaging”, and seemed to think packaging companies just sat around trying to make their products bigger and more expensive, with the help of wicked supermarkets who wanted to raise prices and lose customers.
    Of course that way won’t give you a long term future as a packaging company.
    As evidence, I call in aid the humble egg box. This has recently celebrated its centenary and saved countless eggs.

    Anyhoo, £8 a week (surely an exaggeration?) is peanuts on the weekly shop compared to what is lost in Africa between farm and market.

  5. So far as I can tell, the barmcakery is based around the idea that attractive packaging is a form of advertising, and advertising fools hapless consumers into buying things they don’t need, which is evil, so it has to be banned.

  6. WRAP would be better off attacking restaurants and others in the food/catering industry. It’s built into their business practises to allow for a lot of wastage. Way more than residential.

    However WRAP would then encounter a wall as restaurants would not be able to provide a varied menu if they had to only serve food that didn’t go off quickly or could not pre-prepare in bulk to handle eventualities.

  7. I do get surprised by all this talk of massive food waste. We seem to waste very little, and we’re not budgeting on food particularly. Occasionally the end of the bread goes mouldy, or we cook too much rice. It all goes out to the birds. Yoghurts last, & get eaten, well past their sell-by date. I must confess to leaving the cucumber too long sometimes, but I don’t have salmon & cucumber sandwiches, or duck & hoi-sin sauce often enough to use up even half of one. I suppose I do contribute to Tesco’s wastage by walking past the triple chocolate cookies muttering ‘Get thee behind me Tesco!’. We found some chocs we forgot about last Christmas the other week. Well past their date. The cherry brandy ones had gone a bit white, but tasted OK, and the marzipan ones were perfect, and perfectly delicious.

    As for packaging, our recycle bin is often a bit full after a fortnight!

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