Too Much and Too Little? Debates on surplus food redistribution

Surplus food, such as food approaching its sell-by date or agricultural produce taken off the market to stabilise prices, is redistributed to poor people through homelessness projects, charities, local authorities and schools. But is this a good solution or could it perpetuate the problems of waste and poverty? Aiming to stimulate the debate, this report looks at the variety of schemes in Britain the US and Europe, and examines the policy options.


Surplus food, such as food approaching its sell-by date or agricultural produce taken off the market to stabilise prices, is redistributed to poor people through homelessness projects, charities, local authorities and schools. But is this a good solution or could it perpetuate the problems of waste and poverty?

Aiming to stimulate the debate, this report looks at the variety of schemes in Britain the US and Europe, and examines the policy options.


01/01/2000
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