Food Waste is NEVER ok!

Lentil soup a simple meal we made during Live below the Line

Lentil soup a simple meal we made during Live below the Line

Well there was only ever one thing we could have blogged about today and that’s the ‘big’ news that food waste is a huge problem! Really? Who knew? Well……. never fear Tesco’s are going to help us sort it! That’s right they are going to stop offers on large bags of salad, educate us about what to do with leftover bread blah blah etc etc! Anyone else feel like this is a tad patronising?

Our kind of food waste

Our kind of food waste

According to the news Tesco wasted 28,500 tonnes of food in the first six months of the year!

Add to this that in general 1 in 10 bananas goes in the bin! 40% of apples are wasted and half (yes half) of bakery goods produced get binned!

Reduced bakery bread - perfectly good no need to be wasted

Reduced bakery bread – perfectly good no need to be wasted

Of course we are not solely blaming Tesco there is fault everywhere! But….. this simply is not good enough! Food is a HUGE privilege! For many people food is something that is not easily available to them!scared 1 This waste (and the clever PR spin being used) is really sad! Lets hope Tesco’s latest measures make a difference!

Of course Team Pugh have a solution – just buy what you actually need! In the words of Uncle Sean – ‘take all you want but…… eat all you take’!!!!!

Today we are cross about food waste!

Food waste is never ok!

The End!



29 thoughts on “Food Waste is NEVER ok!

  1. Totally agree, I couldn’t catch my breath when I heard the news from tesco! we like you, have very minimal food waste and buy just what we need, nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Food waste is a mixture of greed , total ineptitude to purchase what is needed to eat over two or three days and the supermarkets themselves overloading their shelves to ensure there is always plenty for customers to pick up and over fill their shopping bags . In the traditional shops one can pick up exactly what one assess one can eat , these offers in supermarkets should be banned and pre packing of vegetables pushes folk to buy an excess As you write in your blog ; food as we are able to collect it in the western world is a privilege which is abused to excess by many , hence thousands of tons of waste every day .Never mind the price of electricity and gas these are the issues of food waste that need controlling . Peter Ratcliffe

    Sent from my iPad —–Peter Ratcliffe. ( Camping Pods uk Ltd )

  3. If they stopped the BOGOFs and just offered goods at half price it would help – we are a 2 person household so I only buy BOGOFs on fruit and veg if I know that I can give away the free ones as they would soon end up as food waste. Sadly due to no home economics at school anymore, people aren’t educated about what to do with leftovers and how to freeze things instead of throwing away. I think throwing away of food has become the norm, I think people find me very odd that I do freeze excess cooked veg and mash potato – once I have enough leftovers in the freezer, it can soon be turned into something else!!

    • Education is indeed one of the keys to this as is people changing their attitude to learn its just not ok. Some of our best meals some from leftovers πŸ™‚

  4. Couldn’t agree more….isn’t it sad how far we have come from the war years rationing when wasting food was a criminal offence (you could even be prosecuted for feeding bread to the birds!)…..shops were not allowed to source stock from far away to conserve fuel so buying and distributing locally was the norm… shop local and only buy what you need …equals NO WASTE it is a pretty simple solution really…just follow Team Pugh example!

  5. I’ve commented on Twitter, the Tesco man really irritated me when talking about families buying stuff and throwing it away because they were too busy or children changed minds. Anyone who doesn’t want to waste food should make a menu list before they shop, buy what they need and stick to it! You do it shopping locally using everything you buy, I do use supermarkets but I don’t buy more than I need. We eat it all before we buy more. There is no problem with BOGOF if you use it the items. If you don’t want it you don’t have to take it! With the supermarkets, they shouldn’t throw food away it could all be given to places that could make sure it’s used! Sorry for my soap box rant! I won’t get started on waitrose bringing back some cuts of meat people haven’t heard of!!!! Just to say we have, we just haven’t been able to buy them!

  6. I think it’s disgraceful and people who waste food should be ashamed of themselves. Maybe I’m foolish but I take very little notice of use-by dates. Today I’ve been eating coleslaw with a use-by of 16th October and will finish it tomorrow. It smells and looks fine and so far no ill effects!!

  7. Food waste is about personal greed ,based on the supermarkets offers of two for one etc and a lack of the consumer considering just how they will use the food purchased . So many vegetables may be used up for home made soup , bread can be toasted and made into puddings ,in fact there is no real need to have food waste at all , just let folk recall what is must have been like in wartime Britain . My parents placed surplus meal time foods into ” bubble and squeak ” a gentle fry up which was wonderfully tasty . Plastic packaging does not allow most foods to ‘ breathe ‘ and mould soon develops , in fact packaging as such should be banned . There was no such thing when I went shopping as a child in Liverpool in the 1950s . We made a shopping list based on our needs and purchased the items required for each meal, nothing went in a bin ,scraps went on the back of the fire .

    • This is where we need to get back to. No food needs to be wasted. Bubble and Squeak is a lovely meal as is homemade soup. This take, take, take, attitude needs to change – its very sad given what the country has been through to get to this. Depressed of Faringdon

  8. Someone out there is wasting far more than the average ‘cos it ain’t me! (Or anyone one else who reads this blog, I would guess) Onion skins, egg shells, coffee/ tea ‘waste’, the bad bits cut off more elderly fruit and veg. is about all we have and it goes to the allotment. Oh, no, hang on, there is something in our ‘food waste recycling bucket’ sometimes: fish skins or chicken carcass once I’ve made the stock. Was is Thatcher who stopped proper cooking lessons at school? I went to an academic grammar school, back in the day, and we still had cookery and sewing (2 years of each). I remember J……B….. polishing off her Russian Fish Pie in Latin afterwards! (With the desk lid raised once the teacher was at the blackboard.) Food tech. now designs pizza packaging. Says it all, really.

    • This does indeed say A LOT. We need to educate young people to cook real food. Its so sad that this is even in the news – we just shouldn’t waste food

  9. It was truely horrible news to wake up to, when my alarm went off and the radio kicked in. Absolutely disgraceful and embarrassing. In a country and a world that’s getting worried about food security, surely, SURELY someone should be addressing this easy fix? Thinking about the struggle farmers go through to make a tiny profit and all of the money that’s poured into supporting them to make it even vaguely viable to grow food, most of which then goes in the bin…none of it makes any sense at all.
    We are guilty of food waste in my house and it’s my biggest shame, which your blog has really helped to kick into perspective to SORT IT OUT!! The more widespread your sort of thinking, the much, much better.

    • This is a very good point 😦 it really needs to be sorted out. At least you are admitting to it and that really is the first step – keep up the good work – this time last year I was also guilty of food waste 😦

  10. What is the picture at the top of, with the roots? I’m currently regrowing leeks but what you have looks more like a herb and far more fab. I tend to write a meal plan and nine times out of ten (okay maybe eight out of ten) we stick with it. There is very little food waste in this house, and we tend to just buy what we need. Like I’ve said before since reading this blog we try to buy from the local places instead, although we do end up doing a big shop at the supermarkets every now and then. What I’ve found is buying little buy often works best, because we are close to the shops we can do this rather than buying stuff with lots of preservatives in that lasts forever…

  11. Sad that food is seen as such a ‘right’ that to throw it away becomes a normal act. Having seen real hunger we know that any food is really a gift. I remember reading about Berlin directly after the end of WW2. Food was so scarce that people were offering cars

  12. Late to the party, but… I agree with the previous comments. I had a colleague who regarded use by dates as challenge rather than a rule- I have the same view!

    In most of our lifetimes there has been enough (cheap) food to expect a choice of what to eat, and in lots of homes, to be able to reject meals and eat something else because there’s enough food to be able to do it. After all, you’re entitled to only eat food you REALLY like, aren’t you? Heaven forbid that in a family you may have to eat something that’s not your favourite. (In our home, tonight’s meal might not be your favourite, but that’s ok- eat it anyway and tomorrow’s might be your favourite but not so well-liked by another family member. I’m a mother, not a short order cook, as the saying goes…)

    Modern food *is* comparatively cheap. On average, we spend a smaller proportion of our wages on food than at any other point in history. This means it has less value in every sense of the word; supermarkets can use it to bargain with whist we can afford to bin it because we felt we were entitled to a take-away after a hard day at work and so never did get round to cooking those chops.
    It also means that parents, feeling guilty for lots of things (working long hours? Not rustling up an Annabel Karmel-style Bento lunch box? Always being too busy?), over-pack lunch boxes, leading to food waste. Children either take a couple of bites of everything, or, after dutifully packing a sandwich and fruit, mum has stuffed it full of chocolate biscuits, crisps, tube yoghurts, cereal bars etc, and so, funnily enough, the fruit and sandwich get rejected and sent home to the bin, whilst the packaged food (that would have served another day), gets eaten. On a side note, I did lunch duty last week to cover an absent staff member, and out of 17 children eating packed lunches in one class, only THREE had any form of fruit or veg in their lunch. I told them they’d get scurvy πŸ˜‰ Of course, I have no idea what they’re eating at home, or whether mum was just having a bad larder day, but as a rather disorganised person, I can still manage to get some fresh or dried fruit into a packed lunch plus some carrot/celery/tomato or *something* every day!!

    Any room on that soap box for me?

    On a positive note, at our local secondary school at least, food tech seems to be less about food marketing and more about actual cooking again, which is great. Not enough home economics for me, but not a pizza box in sight! One child is baking bread next week, and the other is making a custard tart. Things may be looking up!

  13. Well said! and some great thoughtful comments too. I love bubble and sqeak and soups too. I Love buying quality local produce at the Farmers Market, today sausages, bacon, haslet, cheese and locally produced pies too. My boys learnt to ccok at home and enjoy being creative in the kitchen now they are grown up.

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