UK Government pays millions to turn food waste into energy while thousands of people go hungry

Nearly a million people were helped by food banks in 2013-14

The UK Government has invested £160 million of taxpayers’ money in plants that convert unwanted food into energy using a process called anaerobic digestion.

Food charities say no similar subsidies exist to make sure food waste gets to the needy at a time when more and more people are turning to food banks.

“By not supporting the redistribution of surplus food alongside anaerobic digestion, the Government has come up with the classic law of unintended consequence: we are sending food to be used as energy when people are going hungry, which is barking mad,” Lindsay Boswell, CEO of Fareshare, told theIndependent.



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