‘Food must not go to waste be­cause it’s ugly’

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David Mea­cock with some pota­toes dug from his back gar­den in Chal­font St Peter A COUN­CIL­LOR is urg­ing su­per­mar­kets not to be waste­ful and to sell more ‘ugly’ food.

Chiltern Dis­trict coun­cil­lor David Mea­cock, of Chal­font St Peter, says that su­per­mar­kets not sell­ing items such as bent car­rots and knob­bly pota­toes is con­tribut­ing to the amount of food wasted in the UK each year.

The EU in­tro­duced a ban on 26 types of fruit and veg­etable which did not match stan­dard shapes and sizes and, although this was over­turned in 2009, Mr Mea­cock, who is a UKIP coun­cil­lor, be­lieves that it has caused an on­go­ing prob­lem.

He said: “Is it right that so much per­fectly ed­i­ble food is wasted in the UK, while peo­ple else­where in the world starve?

“Although the ridicu­lous EU ban was over­turned in 2009, you are not go­ing to change the un­for­tu­nate cul­ture it cre­ated over night.

“Far from re­gard­ing them as ugly, find­ing un­usu­ally shaped pota­toes, toma­toes and straw­ber­ries has al­ways made me and my fam­ily smile.”

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