Tesco and Guardian Roundtable on Food Waste

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 15:15

A third of the world's food is wasted – how can we stop the rot?

The Guardian and Tesco recently organised a roundtable to discuss the issue of food waste. This comes soon after Tesco, with help from WRAP, announced its figures for food waste for the first time.

The roundtable was attended by experts from industry, research organisations and campaigning groups, including Professor Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. All the attendees agreed that the problem of food waste has become more urgent.

On the topic of sustainable diets, and what the private sector can do to improve environmental sustainability, Professor Charles Godfray is quoted in the report, saying "It's harder for the private sector to have a conversation about how we reduce meat, but it's impossible for the whole world to eat the diets we have here. The duty of the private sector is not to aggressively argue against it. We still have to eat and supermarkets will still have a viable business."

This should be seen by the private sector as an opportunity, Godfray suggested. With more people buying food online, the technology could let them say 'I want this kind of diet', for instance.

You can read the full report from the roundtable on the Guardian website here.


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