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16th December 2021

Addressing the UK’s Food Waste Crisis - by RIFT R&D Tax Credits

With innovative use of technology driving the process, Food Loop is already being talked about as a game-changer in the push to reduce food waste in Kent.

UK Food Waste: understanding the scale of the problem

Try to imagine what it would take to feed the entire population of the UK, at 3 square meals per day for 11 solid weeks. We’re talking about 6.4 million Metric Tonnes of food to hit that target – and that’s exactly what we’re throwing away as a nation each year.

At the farm level alone, 1.6 million tonnes of food waste are produced annually. 15 billion meals’ worth of edible food is being discarded or destroyed at a time when food poverty is skyrocketing. Around 2.5 million people were reduced to falling back on food banks to keep themselves and their families fed in the 2020/21 tax year. That figure’s up by over 600,000 compared to just a year before.

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