In the wake of Hugh’s War on Waste, the BBC1 three-part documentary series investigating food waste in the UK – which the Feedback team has been featured in and advised on – there’s been tremendous outcry for UK supermarkets to tackle the vast amount of food they waste. Let's use this momentum to fight food waste together!
Imagine the very people who grow our food don’t always earn enough to feed themselves.
For years, Feedback has been investigating the supply chains of some of the UK’s largest food retailers, who are wasting millions of tonnes of food annually. We’ve also met with farmers in the UK who have been forced to waste food on their farms for two major reasons:
Supermarkets dictate strict product specifications to farmers, meaning they’ll only buy fruits and vegetables that fit demanding size, shape and colour specifications – regardless of the nutrition, taste and value of the food.
Additionally, last minute order cancellations by supermarkets and the businesses they are supplied by leave many farmers without any compensation and no market to sell their food to.
When farmers are forced to waste entire crops some have to resort to taking out loans in order to pay their workers. However, not all workers are paid and as a result cannot put food on their table or send their children to school. You can learn more about these unfair practices at our Stop Dumping Campaign.
Hugh's War on Waste is doing a fantastic job revealing that supermarkets have a lot more work to do in tackling the nation’s food waste scandal. Have a look at Hugh's scathing response to Morrison's attempt to deal with the colossal amount of wasted parsnips featured in the series on one of their suppliers farms in The Guardian. Here is our springboard to fight food waste and get unfair practices imposed on farmers changed.