Wednesday 7 October 2015
Mark Varney, director of food at FareShare, explains that our goal is to ensure that “no good food is wasted” at all, and talks about how we aim to achieve this bold plan in Produce Business UK.
Mark is keen to remind the food industry just how “ludicrous” it is that so much good food goes to waste when in the UK alone some six million people are struggling to afford everyday essentials, like food.
“We aim to grow surplus food used to feed people in need from 2% to 25%. We think there’s 400,000-500,000 tonnes of food out of the four million tonnes of food that the food industry wastes that is usable and fit for consumption.”
Mark points out that in France, for instance, some 100,000 tonnes of food is redistributed, leading him to suggest that UK policy makers could assess the benefits of the incentive schemes that are in place in France, as well as other countries, that are better encouraging food businesses to redistribute.
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