The average UK house wastes approximately £60 a month on food. In austere times a little bit of planning can make a big difference.
A new food labelling system will be adopted by all supermarkets and some producers to encourage healthy eating. But should it be voluntary?
The cereal company Weetabix, based in Northamptonshire, has had to halt production on some products, after last year's poor wheat harvest.
Top chef Gordon Ramsay has severed links with the French firm that supplies foie gras to his restaurants after an investigation by the Daily Mirror revealed that ducks used to make the product suffer horrific abuse before being killed.
The newspaper has obtained footage from five farms run by French firm Ernest Soulard in the Vendee region, showing ducks squashed into tiny cages, covered with sores and in pain from broken wings and beaks.
The animal rights group Viva! described the treatment the animals were subjected to as "torture".
A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay said: "We have only just been made aware of these allegations but as a precaution have suspended purchasing from this supplier while we investigate further.”
Lady Cumberlege, who is introducing a new Hospital Food Bill, said it is "clear to patients and their families" that hospital food needs to be improved as campaigners revealed the NHS spends more on nutritional supplements than food ingredients.
– Lady Cumberlege
It is especially clear to patients and their families that something needs to be done to improve hospital food.
One simple way to do this is to require all patient meals to meet minimum standards of quality, like those that exist for school food and prison food.
The NHS in England spent £320 million on nutritional supplements for hospital patients last year - compared to £270 million on food, the Campaign for Better Hospital Food found.
The figures were released ahead of a new Hospital Food Bill being introduced to the House of Lords that will call for mandatory quality standards for all patient meals.
In response, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter explained nutritional supplements are "essential" to many patients in order to survive.
He added: "The majority of this spend is for people in the community, so it is completely wrong to say it is about hospital food quality.
"We agree, however, that there is still too much variation in food standards across the NHS and we are working with Age UK and others on our continued work to support better hospital food."
A self-confessed "sucker" for a supermarket bargain told Daybreak the £400 of food she threw away each year was the result of "bad planning".
Charlotte Pickwick referred to herself as "naughty" for going food shopping without a pre-planned it but added that a lot of food went out of date before her family was able to eat it.
A new fleet of buses running on recycled food waste will be officially launched in Barking today.
The pilot scheme will see 120 newly converted buses using a 20 per cent blend of biodiesel as part of the Mayor's mission to cut carbon emissions in London.
Storing food properly and "simple planning" will help cash strapped UK households save money and food, according to the head of an environmental charity.
"There are simple things we can do, even just simple planning before we go there [the supermarket]. Use your freezer, your freezer is your friend here.
"That is a really good way of making the best use of the food."
According to new data from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) households in the UK throw out:
- 5.8 million potatoes every day.
- 5.9 million glass of milk daily.
- 86 million whole chickens each year.
The Government wants businesses to help consumers waste less food but admitted "everyone has a role to play" in reducing the amount of edible grub chucked out each year.
– Resource management minister Dan Rogerson
Cutting avoidable household food waste by 21% is great news but there is still more to do.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing food waste and we want to see businesses helping consumers to waste less food.
Cutting waste and driving business innovation will help to build a stronger economy. We will continue to work closely with food retailers and manufacturers to achieve this goal.
The UK throws out £12.5bn worth of food annually with the average household discarding the equivalent of six meals every week, research has shown.
Data from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) exposed the shocking amount of food chucked out - the equivalent of 24 million slices of bread and 5.9 million glasses of milk are thrown away daily.
Lack of clarity around storage and labelling, over-estimating portions and buying more than needed are some of the reasons consumers listed when they explained their decision put edible food in the bin.
Recent research by the watchdog Which? found that 70% of consumers are worried about rising food prices.