Prince of Wales highlights financial and environmental benefits of reducing food waste

The Prince of Wales suggested that families could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money by reducing the amount of food they waste.

write an editorial for Daily Mirror In his paper, Charles highlighted a research project in which families held a “use day” and reduced their waste by a third each week.

Charles is known to follow the practice of consuming food and has also made a number of initiatives to conserve other resources, including converting his Aston Martin sports car to run on excess wine.

He also wrote of his long-term hope that the food products on supermarket shelves will bear a “kite sign”, showing how sustainably produced.

His comments came as the crisis engulfed the charitable foundation The Prince’s Foundation, head Douglas Connell resigned and expressed concern over potential “rogue activity” after reports that the organization had accepted a six-figure sum from a Russian donor.

The money was rejected by the Scotland-based foundation’s ethics committee after reported concerns about its origin, and earlier this week the Scottish Charity Regulator launched an investigation into the matter.

The investigation followed an allegation that there was an honor money scandal that saw the foundation’s CEO, Michael Fawcett, resign temporarily. An independent investigation into the allegations was initiated by the charity’s board of trustees.

In the editorial, Charles announced that his foundation is working with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and friend Jimmy Doherty on “Food for the Future,” a new educational pilot program that teaches kids about the food cycle from fields to pots.

Charles wrote about the initiative: “If we can encourage and enable them to see that the food they eat is part of a unified system that can help or hinder the health of the planet, they can help them transform even more. The situation around to avoid the climate catastrophe that we are all quickly dragged into.

“For once, almost overnight, they will discover that they can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10 percent at no cost. All they have to do is make informed choices that will help reduce the enormous amount of food we waste.

“The annual figure is currently 1.3 billion tonnes and more than half of that is thrown away at home, a problem that one of the companies supporting Food For The Future has decided to solve.”

Prince described a Canadian project where a thousand families set aside one day a week as a “day of use” for food going to the trash.

He wrote: “Families have reduced the amount of food they throw away each week by a surprising but very encouraging figure: a third.

“This shows that around 250,000 tonnes of food could be saved a year if every family in Canada did the same. Imagine the impact in the UK, which is home to around 30 million more people than Canada.

“Farmers wouldn’t be under the same pressure to produce so much food from our struggling lands, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be substantial, but above all there is the possibility of huge reductions in people’s weekly shopping bills.”

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