From Fay Wilson-Rudd
Sir, - I read Laurence Young's letter (2
January) with interest. Alongside the figures quoted for
surplus food produced each year, it is worth noting the amount of
food wasted by households.
In November 2013, The Guardian reported that the
average UK family was wasting nearly £60 per month. This is
approximately 24 meals a month, or 4.2 billion tonnes of food and
drink, worth about £2.6 million. The Guardian went on to
indicate that 86 million chickens are wasted each year, while the
equivalent of 24 million slices of bread, 5.8 million potatoes, and
5.9 million glasses of milk is wasted daily.
NHS England reported in 2014 on waste of a different kind. In
2012-13, people failed to keep 6.9 million hospital appointments.
At £108 per appointment, that equals £745,200,000. Twelve million
GP appointments were also not kept. In the diocese of Bath &
Wells alone, prescription medication worth around £12 million was
returned to dispensaries.
When and how will the leaders of the faith communities encourage
people to live in a responsible way?
Flat 3, Old School Place, North Grove, Wells BA5 2TD