Support the Food Waste Bill!
On 9th September, Kerry McCarthy MP will be introducing her Food Waste (Reduction) Bill in the House of Commons. This Bill seeks to ensure that more of the obscene amounts of food needlessly wasted through the food supply chains – from production through to retail – is prevented or available to charities, for redistribution to people living in food poverty.
Feedback is endorsing this Bill in the hope it is passed on the 9th September and needs your help! Write to your MP urging them to back the Bill and help us in the fight to reduce food waste.
It’s easy – copy the below letter and send to your local MP through the They Work For You website.
Dear [Name of MP]
I am writing to ask you to support Kerry McCarthy’s Food Waste Reduction (10-Minute Rule) Bill, which will receive its first reading on Wednesday 9th September.
This Bill addresses the shocking and unsustainable levels of industry food waste. Globally, around a third of all food produced is wasted. The environmental impact of this waste is huge – if it was a country, it would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the US and China. It also responds to the need to meet the global challenge of feeding a growing population from an increasingly scare agricultural base.
The Food Waste (Reduction) Bill seeks to ensure that more of the obscene amounts of food needlessly wasted by supermarkets throughout their supply chains – from farm to fork – is prevented or available to charities, for redistribution to people living in food poverty in the UK. The Bill:
– Takes forward recent Belgium and French legislative proposals obliging supermarkets to donate unsold food – which was inspired by a wave of popular support for new laws to end the scandal of supermarket food waste.
– Requires large supermarkets and manufacturers to publish and transparently report their food waste across the supply chain, and to reduce their food waste by no less than 30% by 2025.
– Reinforces the food waste hierarchy – reducing the environmental impact of food waste by reversing the current perverse situation which makes it cheaper to sell food nearing its use-by date for anaerobic-digestion and composting, than for redistribution or livestock feed (where it is unfit for human consumption).
Please support this Bill and back the Bill’s first reading on 9th September
[Name of Constituent, and address to confirm you’re a constituent]
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