Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If It Looks and Smells Edible, It Probably Is. Use Your Common Sense. Taste It before You Waste It

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If It Looks and Smells Edible, It Probably Is. Use Your Common Sense. Taste It before You Waste It

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Byline: keith hann

WARTIME food rationing in the UK finally ended on July 4, 1954, a month after I was born.

It would probably have been better for me if it had continued. We know that the general health of the population improved during the war.

The suicide rate also plummeted, and there was allegedly a spirit of national solidarity that we have been seeking to rebuild ever since. There is a whole generation, comprising the young adults of 1939-45, who will gladly tell you that it was the best time of their lives.

Though this could just prove that young adulthood is the best time of anyone's life, however unpromising the conditions.

Whilst people of my age were brought up in a country that had "never had it so good," we were raised by parents whose experiences meant that they simply loathed waste. Food never ended up in the bin.

If I didn't clear every scrap from my plate, I got a lecture about starving children in Africa.

How times have changed, I reflected, as I read a leaflet delivered last month. Apparently in Alnwick District alone, 3,400 tonnes of food each year is consigned to landfill.

In order to cut this down, the authorities make a series of staggeringly patronising suggestions: "Before you shop, try and have some idea of the meals you are going to make over the coming week; check what you already have in the house; make a list of what you need ..."

Blimey, who'd ever have thought of that? It goes on: "Stick to your shopping list; don't be tempted to buy things that you don't need or will not be able to use; check the use by dates on the products and avoid buying if you will not use them within that date."

Coming soon from your council: an illustrated guide demonstrating the right way to sit on a toilet, with handy hints to reduce paper usage. …

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