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02 March 2021

Council backs national Food Waste Action Week campaign

This week is Food Waste Action Week. Cumbria County Council is working alongside the national ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign to bring you hints and tips on how to reduce food waste in your home, which in turn can help slow the effects of climate change.

Wasting food feeds climate change. If we stopped throwing away the 710,000 tonnes of potatoes we waste every year in our homes, it could stop 330,000 tonnes of CO2e from being released into the atmosphere!

When we throw away food that could have been eaten, we are not just wasting food but the valuable resources that go into making it - including water, land and greenhouse gases. That’s why during Food Waste Action Week, the campaign calls on everyone to understand the true value of food and to consider the impact of their behaviour.

You can start by whipping up tasty leftover recipes, using up edible broccoli stalks and potato peelings, storing food the correct way, and spreading the word to ensure that no food that could have been eaten goes to waste.

70% of all wasted food in the UK comes from our homes. That’s 4.5 million tonnes of tasty food wasted every year, and we can save every last crumb! Join the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and spread the word about how to waste less food! 

Everyone can make a difference, and something as small as saving your leftovers and encouraging friends and family to do the same means you’re doing your part. So, if you’re hungry for change, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to find out how you can get involved and help our planet.

Nadiya Hussain, cook, TV presenter and author is supporting the campaign.  Nadiya said:

“Being at home more this last year has given many of us - including myself - an opportunity to reassess our relationship with cooking. Most of us don’t realise it, but wasting food is a major contributor to climate change. And it isn’t just the leftovers on our plate to consider but the many resources that go into producing our food, like water and land.

“If we each make small changes we’d dramatically reduce the amount of food that ends up in the bin, and really can make a difference. From avoiding buying or preparing too much to storing food correctly, Food Waste Action Week is about helping people make the most of their food, and through our actions - help protect our planet.”

Cllr Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“Wasting food has a huge contribution to global emissions, but is often overlooked or ignored. We are so used to wasting food that we have forgotten its value, and the cost that feeding our growing global population has on the natural world. 

“Food Waste Action Week is about empowering everyone to act because the food we waste in our homes is the most significant part of the problem. So, it’s down to us all to be part of the solution too, and this is one environmental issue that we can all tackle, and with minimum effort.”

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This week is Food Waste Action Week.