Originally Posted by BBC News
Britons must stop wasting food in an effort to help combat rising living costs, Gordon Brown has said en route to the G8 summit in Japan.
Mr Brown said "unnecessary" purchases were contributing to price hikes, and urged people to plan meals in advance and store food properly.
A Cabinet Office study on food policy reveals that the average UK household throws away £8 of leftovers a week.
Rising prices and the world economy are due to dominate the annual G8 summit.
BBC environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee said that for some time experts in food production and distribution had accused the government of not having a comprehensive food policy.
"A hangover, they said, from the days of plenty when food mountains were the problem," said our correspondent.
Sorry im going to rant a bit here... Do you know what? I am a conservative man through and through, and I hate this Labour government and how they have all but wrecked our once great and respected nation over the past decade.
But for the first time since he became prime minister, I have to agree with Brown on this issue, 100%!!
I think it is appauling the way people buy and eat food nowadays in the UK. People go shopping to Tesco or Asda and dont have any planning whatsoever, they just waltz in and buy anything and everything that catches their eye, whether they need it or not, and whether it will get eaten or not.
And then people think nothing of wasting food, throwing it away, making too much is never an issue for most people because the extra goes straight into the bin, throwing away stuff simply because it reaches its BBE date is just plain rediculous.
And as for brand names on good argh, people always assume that because something says Heinz or Mcain and has fancy packaging, it is somehow better for them... people I know will not buy anything whatsoever
unless it has a brand name on it!!! And then they moan that thier shopping bill for a week is £150+ fo 2 or 3 people households!! And yet, it is the brand named food that is increasing in price, the non-brand food is pretty much staying the same pricewise, with a few exceptions, yet all the brands are taking full advantage of the current fears and increasing the prices of food by 15% or more...
And the supposed "healthy" option food, that turns out to be less healthy than the cheaper standard food haha!
Now, dont get me wrong, im not entirely convinced by either brand names or non-brands, I buy a mixture of both (there is no way in hell I could drink non-branded tea, eek, that too me is just vulgar, Yorkshire Tea only for me im afraid), I dont care if it has a brand name or not, so long as it tastes nice (im not arsed about health because NOTHING from a supermarket is healthy, least of all brand names anyway). I just dont get these people who moan about the cost of shopping and then refuse to buy anything unless it has a big brand name on the outside and fancy packaging and therefore costs upto 8x as much.
And as for food wastage... I carefully plan my shop every week, and as a result I only do a major shop every 3 - 4 weeks and a minor shop for fresh food once a week. I make a shopping list, of what I need, and what I want. I stick to the list as best I can, and dont buy things that interest me but I know will get wasted for one reason or another.
I always eat everything I make, bar the odd exception. I waste very very little in the way of food, and if there is any way of avoiding wastage, I do it. I never empty a tin of food and leave a quarter of the food still in the tin, because "im too lazy to get it out with a fork" lol. I very rarely ever leave anything on a plate, mainly because im a greedy sod probably. But its just common sense imho!
With regards BBE dates, in the wise words of chef off South Park... "that has got to be the most rediculous load of pig crap a have ever seen!". People take strict notice of these dates, once a product hits the date, its binned! I mean come on!!! 95% of foods past their BBE are 100%... just last week I visited my mums and had two eggs there, 6 weeks past the BBE dat but kept refrigerated... I decided to have them as I was hungry, and guess what, they were 100% fine, didnt smell, didnt have any weird things in them, they were just like any normal egg. And I am still alive to tell the tail, and I can confirm I had nothing wrong with me after it, no squits or anything else haha!
Unless it looks, smells or tastes funny (I will not for once second touch anything that smells odd or has mold on it) why throw it away???
There was a good story on ITV's "Tonight" programme a few weeks back regarding BBE dates, and the presenter did a 2 week challenge, eating nothing but "out of date" food for 14 days... and yes, he was fine after it, admitting that the vast majority of foods tasted just as he would expect them to!! Including meat etc (it wouldnt be the first time I have had meat 1 week out of date).
Im not sure why I have always been so careful with regards wasting food... but whenever I think about it, I always picture the horrific images from famins in ethiopia in my mind and I think that has a lot to do with it. What the people, who are suffering famine/malnourishment, for whatever reason be it war, crop failiure, displacement, refugee's etc, would give to have the luxury to waste food, is unreal!
Come on people in the UK and the US and everywhere else... STOP WASTING FOOD!!!
What are your thoughts, opinions on this subject? Do we waste too much food? Do we take it for granted? Are we going to have to learn that we are no longer in the "good times" and adjust our naughty ways? Do you only
purchase food with brands on, and if so, why?
ITV Tonight "Past Its Sell By Date" Report - http://www.itv.com/News/tonight/epis...e/default.html
BBC News Report - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7492573.stm