Food culture is still the elephant in the room

The UK wastes about 1.9 million tonnes of food a year but still the government falls short on tackling consumer behaviour and an intrinsically destructive supply chain

Tim Lang is professor of food policy at City University LondonThe food sector needs systemic change to sort out waste, but the policy behind it is fractured and the industry lacks political leadership.

In the 1930s, food waste was calamitous. Crops mouldered for lack of storage and temperature control. There was inadequate infrastructure and distribution. Farmers didn’t get paid. Food and fields rotted. Wasted labour, wasted food.

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