Food poverty and food waste: a shameful paradox

A Parliamentary report – backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Mail on Sunday – and due to be released tomorrow, will detail how UK hunger can be ended by 2050. This brilliantly written blog post from Wonky Veg sums up some of the reasons why the UK has seen a rise in food bank usage, and explains why food banks aren’t a long term solution to (food) poverty.

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The UK is the seventh richest country in the world, yet grotesque levels of inequality keeps rearing its ugly head. Unblemished by austerity, the richest one per cent of Britons own the same amount of wealth as 54% of the population, while one thousand of the richest people in the country have doubled their wealth in the last five years. This disparate pattern is unravelling on a global scale, with the world’s richest people seeing their wealth increase by half a million dollars every minute.

Yet while disproportionate salaries, shameless tax avoidance and a bloated bonus culture furnishes the select elite – hardship, hunger and destitution is a grinding reality for 13 million people in the UK who live below the poverty line.

For four million of these people, food poverty – one of the starkest signs of inequality – blight their daily lives, as they seek the reliance of…

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