The British government has said that a of the food the produces is wasted. It said the high of food waste in the UK is "". Over 7 million tons of food is wasted in the UK every year. A British politician, Neil Parish, said: "One-third of food produced for consumption is lost or wasted ." The government said there were many to the problem of food waste. First, schools could raise children's awareness of food waste from a young . Secondly, supermarkets could sell vegetables that are thrown away because they are the "wrong" shape. Finally, "sell-by" dates, "use-by" dates and "best before" need to change. Perfectly food is thrown away because of these labels.
Neil Parish said the fact that so much is thrown away is both socially and environmentally . He said: "Socially, it is a that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much produce is being wasted." He added that: "Environmentally, it is a , because energy and are wasted in production, only for the food to end up rotting in landfills where it produces - a potent climate-changing gas." He called on to help by selling vegetables that have a shape. He said: "It’s ridiculous that good vegetables are wasted simply because they're a funny ." He said these vegetables, "don’t cook or taste any different".