By Sonia Poulton
‘Every now and then, just as I did today, I send a silent apology out into The Universe. I’m not sure who or what receives it but I hope it goes some way towards acknowledging my personal regret for society leaving the world in such a pitiful mess for our children to inherit.
In our so-called advanced civilisation where uber-sophisticated individuals fill polished lives with sleek and shiny new toys – be that a top-of-the-range car or a new kitchen – there are certain givens that I believe should be in place in 2012.
Here’s one of them: that not one human being should die through poverty-induced hunger. In a world where people can afford to have diamond-encrusted teeth (although why they might want to is perhaps another question) it can’t ever be right that others starve to death for want of mere money.’
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Half of Tesco bread never eaten
‘Despite the launch of the Tesco and Society campaign in May, partly aimed at reducing food waste, figures released on Monday show 28,500 tonnes of food was wasted in Tesco’s stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year alone.
A quarter of grapes supplied to the supermarket giant were never eaten, along with 40 per cent of apples and 20 per cent of bananas.
And 68 per cent of bagged salad never made it to the plate, with roughly a third of the total being thrown away in-store and the rest at home.’
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