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Dear [Name of MP]
I am writing to ask you to support Kerry McCarthy’s Food Waste Reduction (10-Minute Rule) Bill, which
will receive its second reading on 4th March 2016.
This Bill addresses the shocking and unsustainable levels of industry food waste. Globally, around a third
of all food produced is wasted. The environmental impact of this waste is huge – if it was a country, it
would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind the US and China. It also
responds to the need to meet the global challenge of feeding a growing population from an increasingly
scarce agricultural base.
The Food Waste (Reduction) Bill seeks to ensure that more of the obscene amounts of food needlessly
wasted by supermarkets throughout their supply chains – from farm to fork – is prevented or available
to charities, for redistribution to people living in food poverty in the UK. The Bill:
– Takes forward recent French legislation obliging supermarkets to donate unsold food – which was
inspired by a wave of popular support for new laws to end the scandal of supermarket food waste.
– Requires large supermarkets and manufacturers to publish and transparently report their food waste
across the supply chain, and to reduce their food waste by no less than 30% by 2025.
– Reinforces the food waste hierarchy – reducing the environmental impact of food waste by reversing
the current perverse situation which makes it cheaper to sell food nearing its use-by date for anaerobicdigestion and composting, than for redistribution or livestock feed (where it is unfit for human
Please support this Bill and back the Bill’s second reading on 4th March.
Yours sincerely,
[Name of Constituent, and address to confirm you’re a constituent]