As an increasing number of UK families are struggling to survive, it has emerged that British supermarkets are throwing away over 10 billion pounds worth of food each year.
Charity Oxfam has warned that 13 million Brits do not have enough to live on.
Speaking to Russia Today,Â Tristram Stuart, author of â€˜Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandalâ€™ said:
â€œAt the moment we pay supermarkets and other food businesses to trash the planet, to grow food, and then waste a third of it. We need to make a demand as consumers that they change their behavior as well.
â€œWhen we go to a supermarket and see that all the carrots are straight and all the apples look the same we need to say, â€˜Hold on a sec, why do all these fruits and vegetables look the same? What did that supermarket do with all the wonky ones?â€™ and demand that actually they stock all the vegetables as theyâ€™re grown.
â€œI spent many years visiting the skips of supermarkets and literally, you open up a skip and what you see is an array of perfectly good vegetables and fruit that have been thrown away. And most people think, â€˜Gosh, how disgusting to get food out of a bin.â€™ Itâ€™s true, it is disgusting. But whatâ€™s disgusting is that weâ€™re throwing away fit-for-consumption food.â€
Tom Fletcher from Beggarâ€™s Banquet, an organisation that has beenÂ salvaging surplus food from Londonâ€™s restaurants and markets, said:
â€œAs a chef Iâ€™ve seen food being wasted at every restaurant and every event Iâ€™ve ever done, and on a bigger scale at the supermarkets and an even larger scale at these big markets.
â€œThe food that we are taking is not good enough to sell, but too good to throw awayâ€¦Itâ€™s just kind of OK to get someone to throw it in the bin when thereâ€™s people starving. Not just in other countries where the food came from, but in this country.â€