Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C


Change of attitude needed over food

13:00 25 January 2013

As much as half the world's food ends up being thrown away, say investigators.

As much as half the world's food ends up being thrown away, say investigators.


WITH millions struggling to feed themselves all over the world – and even in this country in these tough times – it is shocking and scandalous to hear that up to half the world’s food is wasted.

Swim cost cannot be revealed . . .

WHEN I asked Suffolk Coastal how much it cost to run Felixstowe Leisure Centre each year, the council couldn’t tell me.

Neither does anything on its website, as far as I can see.

I could find out that chief executive Stephen Baker earns £128,061 a year, that strategic director Tony Osmanski takes home £82,236 and head of planning Philip Ridley £69,895, but not what it costs to run a building my council tax pays for.

The closest I could get to the truth was that more than £800,000 a year is paid to contractors to run Felixstowe and Leiston leisure centres, Deben Pools and Brackenbury.

Anything more precise was deemed “commercially sensitive” for those involved – even though it’s our money being spent.

Food thrown away by families buying or cooking too much, meals unfinished in restaurants, and supermarkets – the worst culprits –because it’s passed its sell-by date, or left in the fields to rot because it doesn’t come up to the standard demanded by fussy consumers.

With the population increasing unstoppably, and land being taken for homes, solar farms and crops for bio-fuels, the pressure is on to feed the world.

According to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers two billion tonnes a year is thrown away each year, including half the food bought in Europe and the USA.

In the UK 30 per cent of vegetables grown are simply not harvested because of their physical appearance.

One farmer on TV displayed a handful of spring onions – three-quarters of which would never be eaten because the supermarkets said they were not large enough, bent instead of straight, tops gnawed by an insect. Edible, but not perfect. Not what customers expect to find on the shelves.

His swedes were deemed too small, and his cauliflowers had slight imperfections. His lettuces were left to rot in the field because the supply chain had too many.

If we had grown any of these vegetables in our gardens, we would have eaten them without a thought – sliced off the discoloured bit of cauli, couldn’t care less that a swede was small, not worried by something being less than straight as long as it tasted just as good.

It is particularly galling when you look at the churches and other charity groups in Felixstowe and Ipswich working hard to run emergency stores to provide food parcels for recession-hit families who cannot afford food.

Coming from a background where you never left a scrap because it cost money and could not be wasted to hear that people routinely throw food in the bin is shocking.

If we are to feed the extra three billion the population is expected to grow by in the next 60 years then we all have to change our habits, mindsets, and supermarkets will have to set their standards aside and start using what is grown.


A Kesgrave man accused of attempting to rape a schoolgirl has been cleared by a jury.

Two boys with “hearts of gold” will be handed a BBC Radio 1 teen hero award for their charity work in Sudbury on Sunday, following the death of their close friend when he was just 13.

Rail company Greater Anglia has unveiled a new weapon in its battle against problems caused by leaves on the line during the autumn.

Although I’m a fan of the show Spamalot - I went to see the touring production at the Regent five years ago - I have to admit I only wanted to see the Company of Four’s version as my cousin Jo is in it (very good as a sweary minstrel, I have to say!)

Detectives have said they have not given up in their quest to find the body of alleged Suffolk double murder victim Sylvia Stuart.

Firefighters in Ipswich were called to tackle a fire that had broken out across three garages in Richmond Road this afternoon.

An abandoned van has been seized by police searching for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, aged 23.

Two speeding motorists who admitted driving at 130mph in Suffolk have been disqualified from driving.

Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Traffic delays on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich have been caused by a crash involving a lorry and a car.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages


Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24