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British Bread Buyers Waste Many Tons Of Loaves Every Year

September 22, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A survey of U.K. bread buyers by an anti-food-waste initiative finds that nearly 20 percent toss unopened, stale loaves into the trash. The head of Love Food Hate Waste initiative said the group hopes to raise awareness of how much food is wasted in the country every day and to educate people on ways to cut the waste. U.K. households discard seven million tons of food annually at a total cost of $19 billion. This is just under half the 15 million tons of food wasted annually in the country, with the rest trashed by supermarkets, restaurants and other entities in the supply chain. The group says there are simple ways to use bread up or store it differently to reduce waste and save money.
Rebecca Smithers, "One in five UK households dump a loaf of bread in the bin, survey reveals", The Guardian, September 22, 2015, © Guardian News and Media Limited
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