Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined MPs from across Parliament to back FareShare’s “Food on Plates” campaign in a letter to the Prime Minister. The campaign calls for funding to support farmers and food producers passing on unsold produce to charities, to reduce the two million tonnes of food wasted every year in the UK, and notes that funding of just £5m per year would be enough to double the amount of unused food making it to charities.
Commenting on the campaign, Mr Carmichael said:
“I was glad to back the cross-party campaign by FareShare to help charities and reduce food waste. It seems ridiculous that food producers are currently better off letting unsold food rot than giving it to charity – when for relatively little funding the government can encourage far greater support to charities, including in the isles.
“This is both a matter of common decency and common sense. Less food waste helps others and reduces climate emissions – something we should all be able to support.”
“Last month was the UN’s International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. We know that globally, one-third of food is wasted – all the more reason to support a change. FareShare alone redistributed the equivalent of 73,100 meals through local charities in the isles last year – we need to build on this in the future.”