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