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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

UK supermarkets cut food waste, hunger & poverty

French and UK supermarkets are amongst the first in Europe to lead the example by giving unsold food from supermarkets to non-profit organisations. The French government recently voted to stop supermarkets wasting food, as they will now have to give the food to charities or farms. In the UK, the largest supermarket chain, Tesco will be giving away food it otherwise would dispose of to women's refuge centers and children breakfast clubs. The move will help address the massive amount of food wasted globally each year, while also tackling problem of hunger. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published the following fact in October 2014: If the amount of food wasted each year -1.3 billion tons- was just cut in half, everyone would be fed. Additionally, the World Food Program notes that about 805 million people don't consume enough food to lead a healthy, active life. These measures are expected to be the first to spur an EU response to food waste.

Source: huffingtonpost.com