People urged to freeze food in bid to cut waste

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A NEW campaign is encouraging Lincolnshire people to make the most of harvest food.

As part of Love Food Hate Waste, recipes have been posted online at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com – including vegetable Thai curry or spinach and potato soup – all of which can be frozen to eat another day.

County council executive member for waste services and green issues, Coun Lewis Strange, said: “When we throw away good food, we also throw away the water that’s been used to grow and produce it. It takes 100 buckets of water just to produce just one loaf of bread.

“When we open the dustbin lid, it’s important to remember the effort and energy that goes into bringing the food to our tables.

“The average family household in the county can save £50 every month by freezing food instead of throwing it away, at the same time as helping the environment.”

Over seven million tonnes of good food was wasted last year – costing the country £12billion. This avoidable wastage was also responsible for some 17 million tonnes of CO2.

In Lincolnshire, about 87,000 tonnes of food was wasted – an average of 120kgs of food per person, totalling £150m.

Coun Strange added: “Harvest time is an ideal opportunity to freeze down the quality produce we are lucky to have here in Lincolnshire.

“Let’s rescue food from the fridge before it’s too late – it’s bread and butter stuff.”