Food Waste Reduction Bill To Get Second Reading

Supermarket-Food-WasteA food waste reduction bill, put forward by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy this week, will get a second reading after receiving cross-party support. 

The Bristol East MP introduced the bill, which aims to ensure that more of the “obscene” amounts of food needlessly wasted through the food industry supply chains – from production through to retail – is prevented or available to charities, for redistribution to people living in food poverty.

This Bill aims to address the “shocking and unsustainable” levels of industry food waste. Globally, around a third of all food produced is wasted.

Kerry McCarthy MP

It also aims to respond to the global challenge of feeding a growing population from an increasingly scarce agricultural base.

Earlier this week Kerry took to Facebook to confirm the good news.

“Delighted to confirm that the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill has been given leave to proceed – and wasn’t forced to a vote,” she said. “Its second reading has been scheduled for 29th January 2016.”

She also announced the MPs who are offering cross-party support for the bill as: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Margaret Ferrier MP, Frank Field MP, Zac Goldsmith MP, Emma Lewell-Buck MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Steve Rotheram MP, Alan Whitehead MP, Daniel Zeichner MP.

The Bill will:

  • Oblige supermarkets to donate unsold food – along the lines of recent Belgium and French legislative proposals, which was inspired by a wave of popular support for new laws to end the scandal of supermarket food waste. Although the French laws were recently revoked (hopefully temporarily) for legislative procedural reasons – they ignited petitions for similar laws in the UK, and the EC also passed a resolution recommending for this law to be extended across Europe.
  • Require large supermarkets and manufacturers to publish and transparently report their food waste across the supply chain.
  • Set ambitious food waste targets, equal to the challenge of meeting EU & UN targets on food waste reduction.
  • Require the Government to review its current system of fiscal measures, which perversely makes it cheaper to sell food nearing its use-by date for anaerobic-digestion and composting, rather than for redistribution – and to implement incentives (or disincentives) to enforce the food waste hierarchy.

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