Food is a precious gift. Yet, today a third of all food produced will never be eaten. In a world where so many go hungry, this can’t be right. This wasteful food cycle fuels climate change, making life harder for people in poverty across the world. But, together we can follow Jesus in saying, ‘Let nothing be wasted’ (John 6:12).
In 2017, thousands of you took action to tackle food waste with Tearfund by pledging to Renew Our Food. We’re delighted to share the results of the campaign with you!
More than 9,500 of you pledged to reduce your own food waste at home and took action in your churches too. Take a look at our favourite images from the campaign here and read our blog for more highlights.
You also wrote to your supermarkets, asking them to Renew Our Food – because UK retailers have the power to reduce waste from farm to fork. Few supermarkets had committed publicly to the UN’s target to halve food waste by 2030. You asked them to do so and to show you, their customers, a plan for how they would achieve it.
The result? Seven out of ten supermarkets committed to halve their food waste! Each of these commitments has a huge potential impact. Tesco’s pledge alone could save carbon emissions equivalent to taking almost 50,000 cars off UK roads* – and more if Tesco gets its suppliers to cut food waste too.
We rated all ten supermarkets as green, amber or red, based on their response to Renew Our Food. Top with a green rating are the Co-op, M&S and Tesco, and the pledges from Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Spar and Waitrose are a good step forward, giving them an amber rating. Sadly, Asda, Lidl and Morrisons are rated red, with room to improve.