Indigestible

Wasting good food to produce bad energy

The Anaerobic Digestion (AD) industry is threatening our food, farming communities and soils. We need to stop recklessly squandering good food to generate environmentally inefficient energy.

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What's the problem?

The idea of converting farm and food waste into energy through Anaerobic Digestion (breaking down organic matter to make biogas) has been widely hailed as a potential source of “green” energy. With the UK producing more than 7 million tonnes of food waste every year, AD has the potential to play an important role in the UK’s energy supply mix. However, this promise is being undermined by the use of AD as a disposal method for edible surplus food – a truly shocking squandering of the soil fertility and other resources that went into growing it.

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What's the solution?

We urgently need to change the existing regulations and incentives to encourage the AD industry to use waste responsibly to produce energy, rather than drawing on energy crops such as maize or surplus edible food. Food production exists to feed people, not digesters.

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