Jul 07 2008

It’s A Crime To Waste $2 A Day In The UK

Published by at 7:48 am under All General Discussions

What is a ‘waste’? Is it a waste to buy chocolate (being it is a luxury and not a necessity for life, though I know some who would disagree with me here)? Is it a waste to spill half your Strarbuck’s Mugo-Grande, Sinfully Slimming Latter Puree because Barack Obama just said abortions should be illegal in the case of the mental health of the mother? Is it a waste to buy that crappy movie-theatre popcorn and throw half of it away?

In the UK it is now becoming something of a crime to buy a bountiful meal, and have left overs that never get eaten. The benchmark for this horrific crime against humanity is £420 per year, or £1.15 per day which is about $2.25 per day:

The Government is to launch a campaign to stamp out Britain’s waste food mountains as part of a global effort to curb spiralling food prices.

Supermarkets will be urged to drop “three for two” deals on food that encourage shoppers into bulk-buying more than they need, often leading to the surpluses being thrown away. The scandal of the vast mountains of food that are thrown away in Britain while other parts of the world starve is revealed in a Cabinet Office report today. It calls for a reduction in food waste: up to 40 per cent of groceries can be lost before they are consumed due to poor processing, storage and transport.

The report says UK households could save an average of £420 per year by not throwing away 4.1 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten.

Boy, this looks like one of those slippery slopes where big-brother government starts look over your shoulder on every detail. Did you need to use that fuel to sight-see in the mountains? Did you need to use that water to douse your fire works show in your driveway? Did you need to buy such an expensive dinner? When the government thinks the point at which it can meddle is a measly $2 bucks a day your life is open for complete control and monitoring.

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4 Responses to “It’s A Crime To Waste $2 A Day In The UK”

  1. dave m says:

    Just the death rattle of a failing lefty government.
    If you visit the bbc’s bb website, which is found over
    at bbc news / have your say, this latest Gordon statement
    is greeted with utter ridicule.

    Actually, the UK leftys have a long string of don’t s

    They include:

    don’t drink
    don’t smoke
    don’t take foreign holidays
    don’t fly on jets
    don’t go out in the sun and get a suntan
    don’t get fat
    don’t be too skinny
    don’t drive a car
    don’t eat meat
    don’t drive into London
    don’t eat egg and bacon breakfasts (seriously!)
    don’t buy fruit or veg not grown locally (like bananas)

    and, of course,

    don’t assume that any of this applies to the lefty power brokers
    as it most assuredly does not!

    and now we can add the leftys’ latest pronouncement –
    don’t throw away food.

    Because I work over there, I’m able to report that the ordinary
    population regard the whole “labour government” as a failed
    bad joke. They’ll be thrown out of office by 2010, the latest date
    to which that country can postpone their movable elections. Their
    conservative party is some 25% ahead of the Left.

    How ironic that we are about to try the kool aid out ourselves.
    The results will not be different.

  2. VinceP1974 says:

    It’s also illegal to not pray to Allah when the school tells you to

    2 British School Boys Punished For Refusing to Bow and Pray to Allah



    Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.

    Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.

  3. MerlinOS2 says:

    4.1 million tons out of HOW MANY tons?

    Scale please to relate that to.

    LA, Ca years ago from a stock I tracked newsletter consumed 35 tons of snack foods (chips, Doritos, cheese puffs) , think vending machine items, back then each day. And that was just LA County.

    Now remember except for peanuts and stuff like that chips are real light per bag so it takes a bunch to add up to that weight.

    Candy bars that could survive the weather there also were included.

  4. MerlinOS2 says:

    The UK has a 2007 population estimate of 60.7 million people so that works out to .06 lbs per day per person if my math is correct.

    I can see almost that much in food preparation depending on your diet mix.

    Granted things like second harvest work, but scale here rather than scare numbers.