Food Waste Reduction Bill’s Second Reading Postponed

Pile of composting natural wasteA food waste reduction bill, put forward by Labour MP Kerry McCarthy has been postponed due to an overrunning first bill and two urgent questions. 

McCarthy (pictured) was due to take forward her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 29 January.

The Bristol East MP introduced the bill to address food needlessly wasted through the food industry supply chains – from production through to retail. The aim is that it’s prevented or available to charities for redistribution to people living in food poverty.

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

It is thought McCarthy has applied for re-listing on the March 4, but there is no news as to whether this has been confirmed.

Kerry McCarthy said: “We need urgent action to tackle the scandal of wasted food. The UK is throwing away 15m tonnes of food a year. But while consumers have reduced their food waste by over 20% since 2007, over half of all food waste now occurs before we even buy it.

“Voluntary action by the industry is failing to deliver results so this legislation is essential.

“My Bill commits us to the UN goal of halving food waste by 2030, setting out a clear path for reducing food waste and ensuring perfectly good surplus food is donated to charities.”

Look out for a piece from Kerry in the March issue of the CIWM Journal.

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