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Amount of bread wasted monthly in UK could fill St Paul's Cathedral

by Eno Adeogun

These are the words Jesus Christ said in John 6:12 in the bible that Christians are being urged to follow as it has been revealed that the amount of bread wasted in the UK every month could fill the whole of St Paul's Cathedral.

Christian charity Tearfund teamed up with TV baker Tom Herbert and Bishop of Islington Rt Revd Ric Thorpe to launch the charity's 'Renew Our Food' campaign, which aims to highlight the scale of food waste in the UK.

Tearfund spokesperson Clare Lyons told Premier's News Hour the extent of the issue.

She said: "It's not just bread - so actually a third of all food produced in the world will never be eaten."


Speaking outside St Paul's, the bishop said: "Every day Christians across the world pray for their daily bread.

"That's why it's so important that we're not wasting the resources that we have."

Research published by the Waste and Resources Action Programme shows that 10 million tonnes of food and drink is wasted each year in the UK and 60 per cent of that could be avoided. The United Nations has set a global target to halve food waste by 2030.

Half of Channel 4's Baker Brothers said: "I'm astonished that whilst so many people in the world are going hungry we're throwing all of this perfectly edible food away."

The one half of Channel 4's Baker Brothers said he was shocked by the amount of preventable food waste.


Echoing biblical scripture he added: "Jesus told us not to waste food.

"He is lavishly generous in the feeding of the 5,000, and yet crucially concerned that nothing goes to waste."

The campaign against food waste is part of Tearfund's Renew Our World project which aims to tackle climate change.

Lyons told Premier that people can easily cut down their carbon foot-print.

She added: "If we stopped wasting food just from our homes in the UK, it would be the equivalent of taking one in four cars off our roads."

Tearfund is asking people to pledge to reduce their food waste on their website and calling on supermarkets to do the same.

Listen to Tearfund spokesperson Clare Lyons speaking with Premier's Eno Adeogun:

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