Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has said that if Labour were to be elected in the next General Election the party will ban food from landfill.
Speaking at the Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, Creagh focused her speech specifically on food, talking to delegates about what she called the “cost of living crisis.”
“Food bills, energy bills, water bills, up. Wages are flat. That’s not right,” she said.
One way to combat the increasing price of food and the increasing number of families relying on food banks is to ban food waste from landfill, according to Creagh.
Mary Creagh – “Ed Miliband’s ‘One Nation’ government will ban food from landfill so that less food gets wasted in the supermarket supply chain and more food gets eaten by hungry children”
She went on the say that Labour’s “One Nation” government will “ban food from landfill so that less food gets wasted in the supermarket supply chain and more food gets eaten by hungry children.”
Also speaking on the environment, Creagh said: “if there’s one thing this government enjoys, it’s getting rid of environmental regulations.
“Well conference, I think it’s time we had a bit more regulation of our food.”
Creagh also claimed that it is “a few large companies” that currently lead the way on environmental issues when it should be the government.
“That’s just not right,” she said. “When Labour was in government we led on environmental issues.”
CIWM chief executive Steve Lee said: “The current debate about banning food waste to landfill highlights the seriousness of the issue. In addition to the cost to both society and the environment of discarded food that could have been consumed, the need to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill continues to be a strong policy driver.
“In the short term, we need to strengthen our efforts to raise awareness about the environmental and economic costs of food waste and ensure we have the right infrastructure to extract value from unavoidable food waste. In the medium term, we expect to see further policy measures across the UK governments to tackle this waste stream.”