It's time to 'bin' food waste ; scrap 'Best Before' on food packaging

It's time to 'bin' food waste ; scrap 'Best Before' on food packaging

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Gabrielle Bailey started this petition to UK Parliament
Food waste is a hot topic right now, with many of us calling upon food outlets and supermarkets to cut their food waste levels significantly.

Yet, the amount of waste generated by UK households every year is almost seven times that generated by fast moving consumable food sellers every year. Each year in the UK, over 7 million tonnes of food waste is binned by citizens, generating some of the largest food/production gaps in the country.

Part of the reason for this is our unhealthy relationship with food. Ruled by best before and sell by dates, we are often unclear about the quality of our food, opting to simply chuck it into the bin (and ultimately landfill) rather than putting it to good use.

Unfortunately, best before dates play a big part in our confusion about the usability of our food, particularly when it comes to resource intensive dairy and meat products. In order to tackle this problem, it is necessary to ban 'best before' dates, which encourage us to think of our food in a negative way and question its impact on our health; often, these food items are perfectly safe to eat but are unnecessarily discarded.



Please call on the UK government to ban the use of 'best before' dates and to encourage education around what constitutes 'safe' and 'unsafe' food items. Thank you!

I am not long into my food waste reduction journey, and already my eyes have been opened to the disgraceful waste of food in this country, and the accompanying waste of plastic and cardboard that accompanies it.

Given that over 1 million people accessed the Trussel Trust's foodbanks last year, the time for rethinking food waste and food poverty in this country is well overdue. Please help to bring about this change, which has the potential to dramatically decrease food waste in the UK.
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