Farmers 'forced' to throw away up to 40% of food grown for supermarkets
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Saturday, 06 July 2013 14:06




Kenyan farmers supplying UK and European supermarkets are being forced to discard as much as two-fifths of what they grow, an undercover investigation has revealed.

Some depots are discarding more than 20 tonnes of crops a day and forcing food disposal firms to sign a contract forbidding them to use any of it for human consumption.

Carrots are ending up as livestock feed, for instance, while cosmetic grading of bananas is resulting in truckloads of the fruit being rejected. 

It’s really sad.

The 'ugly' fruit and vegetables on farms and in pack houses which fail to meet strict retail cosmetic specifications, can regularly amount to 20 - 30% or sometimes even 50% of a harvest. 

"The message peddled by supermarkets, their representatives and some international institutions, that in rich countries most food waste comes from consumers, is a distortion of the facts," said Tristram Stuart, founder of Feeding the 5000, "The reality is that the supply chain is the main source of preventable food waste as our investigative research shows." 

The campaign is calling on retailers to exercise their influence to help farmers, manufacturers and consumers reduce waste from farm to fork.


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