Food Crisis

tony leather By tony leather, 16th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/t3418hjg/
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Food discarded through being out of date, surplus or through packaging or printing errors is estimated at 3 million tons annually, of which FareShare gets hold of a meagre three thousand, so the potential for solving the problems is very obvious.

Food Crisis


It is truly a tragedy that the global economic crisis has made the gulf between the haves and have-nots in the UK has become wide that the reported sharp increase in numbers of people unable to feed themselves at most basic levels, through lack of enough money can hardly come as any major surprise.
Leading food charity FareShare, re-distributors of supermarket and major food producer waste foods to charities working in social care has the number of people it is helping with food climb from 29,500 to 35,000 in the space of 12 months, many cursed by unemployment and business failures, from stable families once thought to be recession proof.
Charities needing FareShare foodstuffs, from one of 17 sites the organization runs across the UK, have also increased from 600 to 700, over 40% recording increases in demand by half as much again by needy families.
Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of FareShare, pointed out that it seems many people simply go to bed hungry, unable to afford to eat, an outrage when the thousands of tonnes of good food thrown away each year are factored in, high-lighting the illogicality and immorality of these problems co-existing in a modern society.
Food discarded through being out of date, surplus or through packaging or printing errors is estimated at 3 million tons annually, of which FareShare gets hold of a meagre three thousand, so the potential for solving the problems is very obvious.

Where once those in need were the single homeless and destitute, more and more families and working people, fallen on hard times, are now queuing up. Salisbury-based Trussell Trust, running more than 100 food banks has seen a rise from 41,000 to 61,500, featuring many normal working people whom the welfare state is just not helping soon enough.
With more than 20% of the UK workforce now earning less than what might reasonably called a living wage, the situation seems set to worsen considerably before any genuine improvements come on stream. Perhaps a much closer look at what positive action might be taken to address the food waste mountain problem is needed urgently, before the disgruntled poor decide that actions similar to the horrendous recent riots of last summer are their only way out.

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Collection, Demand, Distribution, Food, Scandal, Waste

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