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