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New food waste crackdown aims for 250m more meals

By Greg Heffer, political reporter, in Birmingham
Michael Gove has unveiled a food waste reduction scheme aimed at providing 250 million extra meals per year for those most in need.
The environment secretary announced the pilot scheme, to be backed by the €15m of extra funding allocated to tackle food waste, at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
It is planned to reduce the 100,000 tonnes of food per year in the retail and food manufacturing sectors that is edible and readily available but goes uneaten.Currently around 43,000 tonnes of surplus food is redistributed from retailers and food manufacturers every year, but Mr Gove wants to go further.

New food waste crackdown aims for 250m more meals

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Speaking on Monday, Mr Gove said: "Conservative ministers will act to ensure that we lead the world in safe, affordable, healthy food."And the first step in that strategy will be reducing food waste. Every year, millions of tonnes of good, nutritious, edible food is thrown away."This is an environmental, economic and moral folly, and we will address it."I can announce action this day to invest €15m so that food which would otherwise be wasted is redistributed to those most in need."Working with industry and charities, we should be able to get up to 250 million extra meals a year onto the tables and plates of the most deserving in our society.
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