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Responsible eating

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A story on the BBC website today reveals that around one third of food grown for human consumption in the UK ends up in the rubbish bin. Because food is cheap we greedily pile our plates high and then discard what we can’t finish. We don’t know how to cook leftovers, so we simply throw stuff away. Our neuroses over health and sell-by dates and our demands that vegetables should look perfect mean that perfectly good food is discarded. We wear our Make Poverty History wristbands while engaging in a profligate, selfish, thoughtless lifestyle. There needs to be a new campaign of responsible eating — not one which simply centres on fair trade and organic production, but one which centres on making the mst of everything you’ve got. The church needs to talk more about gluttony — which is the forgotten sin and it needs to help people learn how to cook, not just consume.