Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Food waste

I believe that while families are struggling with food poverty and reliant on foodbanks it's illogical that perfectly good food is thrown away – especially before it makes it to the shops. I believe edible food shouldn't be thrown away and I signed EDM 66A1 supporting the redistribution of edible food which you can see here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/66

I also think we need to change our attitudes towards misshapen food and appreciate the flavour, not the appearance. It's also important that we learn how to make the most of our food - learn to cook with secondary cuts of meat and use the whole veg. There are some great community based projects to help us cook cleverly such as Pilton Community Health Project and Leith's Crops in Pots to name a few – read more here: http://pchp.org.uk/projects/food or http://www.leithcommunitycropsinpots.com/leith-lunches.html

The Scottish Government has a £1 million Emergency Food Action Plan to help 26 emergency food projects provide food aid, it also funds FareShare to redistribute food from retailers to community organisations. The Scottish Government supports the UK-wide Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement with grocery retailers and brands which aims to reduce food and packaging waste and supports the redistribution of food that is still edible and the rest to animal feed or energy recovery, you can read more here: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/what-is-courtauld

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