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.
The world is facing the "deepest shortfall" in wine supplies since records began more than 40 years ago, according to researchers.
US financial services firm Morgan Stanley found that demand for wine outstripped global production by 300 million cases in 2012.
The authors say the shortage will not really start to bite for another year or two since "current consumption continues to be predominantly supplied by previous vintages".
One of the reasons for the shortfall could be that wine production in Europe has dropped by a quarter since 2004 as a result of poor weather and the sponsored destruction of vines.
Produce grown in the UK that does not meet retailer standards on size or shape or is blemished is often used for animal feed or simply ploughed back into the ground even though it is edible, with as much as 40 per cent of a crop rejected.
The report, commissioned by the UK's global food security programme, also showed that the average household throws away more than 5kg (11lb) of food per week, and nearly two-thirds of that is avoidable.
The waste costs £480 a year per household on average, and £680 per family. Households throw away a fifth of the food they buy, wasting it for reasons ranging from cooking and preparing too much to not using it before it goes off, the study showed.
Nearly 500,000 people in the UK needed support from food banks last year, according to figures from the Trussel Trust.
Juliet Mountford, head of UK service development, said the Red Cross agreed to assist FareShare on the basis of "strong evidence of an increased need for support on food poverty issues".
– Juliet Mountford, head of UK service development, Red Cross
For British Red Cross it's a toe in the water. It's the first step in considering whether we ought to be doing more on today's food poverty challenge.
As reported in The Independent, last month a report shed light on the chronic throw-away culture affecting the food industry, where up to two-fifths of a crop of fruit or vegetables can be wasted because it is "ugly".
Hard-up families could be forced to turn to the British Red Cross for help this winter for the first time in nearly 70 years, as thousands face crippling cuts to their household budgets.
The British Red Cross said it is about to launch a campaign in supermarket foyers asking shoppers to donate food which is then distributed to the most needy through the charity FareShare.
The hike in basic food prices and soaring utility bills has put a further squeeze on UK families, with more than five million people living in deep poverty.
The world's first test-tube burger, made from lab-grown meat, is to be cooked and eaten in London today.
The five ounce patty, which cost £250,000 to produce, will be dished up by its creator before an invited audience at a secret location.
Scientist-turned-chef Professor Mark Post produced the burger from 20,000 tiny strips of meat grown from cow stem cells.
He believes it could herald a food revolution with artificial meat products appearing in supermarkets in as little as 10 years.
Prof Post's team at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands conducted experiments which progressed from mouse meat to pork and finally beef.
He said: "What we are going to attempt is important because I hope it will show cultured beef has the answers to major problems that the world faces.
Few details of today's event have been released but the burger will be fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers, one of whom may be the anonymous businessman who funded the research.
A pattern of rising blood pressure among children and young teenagers could be linked to salt, research has suggested.
Scientists from America's prestigious Harvard Medical School found that over the course of a decade, elevated blood pressure became 27% more common in young people aged eight to 17.
Sodium from salt-laden foods is known to be linked to high blood pressure.
A key finding from the study was that children with the greatest sodium intake were 36% more at risk of raised blood pressure than those with the lowest.
The head of a food campaign group has said that most of the world's food waste happens courtesy of food companies.
Feeding the 5000's founder Tristram Stuart said:
– Tristram Stuart
The message peddled by supermarkets and their representatives, and indeed some international institutions, that in rich countries most food waste comes from consumers, is a distortion of the facts.
The reality is that the supply chain is the main source of preventable food waste.
A third of the world's food is wasted and most of this happens courtesy of food companies. Retailers can use their power to help farmers, manufacturers and consumers to reduce waste from farm to fork.
Supermarket supply chains are responsible for much of the "global scandal" of food waste, campaigners have warned.
Campaign group Feeding the 5000's founder Tristram Stuart said blaming consumers was "a distortion of the facts" and that most official statistics leave out waste that is hidden from the public eye across the food supply chain.
The Government has unveiled a new standard food labelling system, but it remains voluntary and firms that do not use it will not be named and shamed.
So why doesn't the Government make it compulsory?
Health minister Anna Soubry told me: "If we were to legislate, it would take far longer and it would get tied up".