Cost of Discarding Food

Recent reports from a government-backed anti-waste campaign has found that discarding food costs the average household £480 a year, with this figure rising to £680 per year for a family with children – the equivalent of about £50 a month.

Since 2006, household food waste has fallen by 13 per cent across Britain, yet families still discard 7.2 million tons of food and drink at home every year, most of which could have been eaten, officials said.

The consumer group, Which?, has said that high food prices, which have risen by 12 per cent over the past five years, have become more important to shoppers in the downturn. As household budgets become under increasing pressure, people are already changing their shopping habits, eating out less and looking for more special offers.

How do you shop? I personally hate food shopping, but that may be due to the fact of working in a well-known supermarket for seven and a half years. I duck in and duck out, and try to spend as little as possible, yet I still seem to throw food away.

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