Food Waste Debate

May 2014

I discussed this with a restauranteur who thought that it was a bad idea.  I, on the other hand, argued that we need to change our attitude to food and food waste, and anything which makes us think about what a valuable resource food is, is essentially a good thing.  I pointed out that we waste 24 million slices of bread a day in this country, and throw out the equivalent of 86 million chickens a year.  In restaurants 27% leave significant amounts of food, and most say they are not concerned about this.  I talked about the psychology of food consumption and mentioned the 'Clear your plate' campaign recently introduced in China where ordering more than you can eat is a status symbol amongst the emergent middle classes.  I talked about the importance of food waste for the environment,  and that we must break our wasteful habits to mitigate climate change.