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Every year around 9.5 million tonnes of food is thrown away. That’s a massive number which cannot be ignored. There has been a rise in the number of campaigns related to food waste in the UK from different campaigns such as the Love Food Hate Waste campaign from WRAP.
With the increase of awareness of not only the issues around food poverty but also the environmental impact, many organisations such as UK Harvest and The Felix Project are working to reduce the amount of food that is wasted in the UK.
For Food Waste Action Week (6th-12th March), voters considered the action being taken by UK supermarkets to tackle this ever-growing problem. In the lessons, they explored what is being done and how – if at all – this might be improved.
"I think supermarkets should do more as they are in control of what is in the shop and the date given. However, I think food waste should be down to the people buying it, they should take responsibility for what they buy."
"No, and they won't in the future either. Supermarkets, like most other companies, do NOT care about ethics, only profit earned. If they decide to tackle food waste, they'll most likely lose profit, and stop immediately.”
"Stop Wasting Food. Supermarkets could do more, like sending wasted food to charities. They should also make fresh produce loose packaging so people would take only what they need. Supermarkets need to put people over profits and think more about our future!"
This week, youth voice was heard by a range of partners in the supermarket sector and in the third sector.
UK Harvest, a charity which distributes leftover food as well as provides food education, made this video in response to what young people said this week. A number of their team were keen on responding from their bases in Chichester and London.