Curb Damaging and Avoidable Food Waste

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Target: United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron

Goal: Stop environmentally-threatening and costly food wastage in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom has been noted to be the worst country when it comes to food wastage in the European Union. The research has unveiled that even though the European Union wastes around 22 million tons of food yearly, Britain is the biggest waster. Sadly, nearly 80 percent of all the waste can be avoided according to the research.

The findings are saddening considering that Britain is a developed country with a highly literate population. The problem is reported throughout the country with the total food loss including food thrown away by hotels and restaurants. Homes have been reported to contribute the bulk of the waste.

Wasting food means everyone loses–the struggling families in today’s tough economy, food retailers, and the environment. Reducing food waste would help in saving a large volume of water and avoid reactive nitrogen losses. Saving food would also preserve natural resources like energy, land, and phosphorus.

Food security is only achievable through the sustainable use of resources along with the moderation of people’s consumption behavior. People need to stop wasting food in a world with limited resources. In fact, France passed legislation that required supermarkets to donate goods that were going to “be scrapped” as a measure to reduce food wastage.

The U.K. should start by educating its citizens on careful shopping and planning about their consumption. This will help cut down on the amount of food thrown away, reduce the amount of cash spent on food and limit the impact of the waste on the environment.

The good news is that the European Commission is reportedly making a new strategy that will detail how Europe is going to deal with food waste. This will be the opportunity for food conservationists to make their voice heard.

Sign this petition to urge Britain to introduce new laws that will curb food wastage.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Cameron,

A recent study has revealed that the United Kingdom is the biggest food waster among the nations in the European Union. Sadly, around 80 percent of the waste can be avoided according to the research.

Food wasting is a lose-lose situation for food retailers, struggling families and overall to the environment. Adopting policies for saving food will help save large volumes of water and reduce reactive nitrogen. Also, stopping food waste would preserve natural resources like land, energy and phosphorus.

The findings are saddening coming from a developed  country that has a high population of literate people. Maybe it is time the nation educated its citizens on the importance of preserving food. That can go a long way in curbing this menace that is threatening the future of the U.K.  

I urge you to take action and propose laws that will help curb food wastage.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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