Are sell-by dates past their sell-by date?

11 08 2009
government concern

government concern

As part of the publicity surrounding yesterday’s launch of the DEFRA report and public consultation on food security, Hilary Benn suprised (and no doubt outraged) a lot of people by suggesting that shoppers should ignore “best before” dates on food to reduce the amount thrown away. Click through to read some shocking statistics about how buyers are mis-reading food labelling and to share your opinions on what the Government should do, if anything, to stop unnecessary food waste.

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British Food Security: how are we going to achieve it?

10 08 2009
defra report

defra report

The British Government has published a report on its assessment of threats to British food security.

As well as raising concerns about the depletion of fish stocks, the report also shows that food security is being threatened by water shortages, by the rising costs of fertiliser (linked to the rising costs of oil), and by the impact of climate change on where crops can grow.

What action is going to be necessary to secure enough food for the future? Is there any point in individual action or do we need scientific developments for agribusiness? Read on…