Loose is better

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 November 2013

Recently there has been a lot of attention focused on food – prices, wastage, healthy food, and food banks.

Out shopping, both around town and in local supermarkets, I have noticed a worrying trend, particularly in fruit and vegetables.

These are crucial for all of us to maintain a healthy diet, and whereas for some people able to grow their own they are relatively cheap and easy to come by, for others, including the more elderly and family people who are very busy with their lives, fresh fruit and veg can be expensive.

Now we no longer have Stokes’s greengrocers, produce is often not available loose, so making us buy larger quantities, wrapped in plastic, either bags or trays.

As we have been told on TV and in the papers, a huge amount of food is wasted, and a good proportion of that is fresh fruit and veg.

Surely our shops – both independents and supermarkets, I am not casting blame anywhere in particular – should be able to sell produce loose, allowing people to buy as much or as little as they need.

This would cost customers less in tough times, perhaps enabling them to eat more varied diets, and reduce the amount of waste plastic around, thus reducing carbon emissions.

Responsibility for waste, both food and packaging, is often loaded on to the ordinary person and family. It would be helpful if shops and suppliers took their share of responsibility as well.

Councillor Tim Dumper

Halsdon Ward (Liberal Democrat)


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