Here are some of the most common food myths, and solutions to food waste. Got any tips? Tell us in the comments..
'Best Before' doesn't mean 'Throw Away After..'
Hilary Benn, the former environment minister, said people should ignore "best before" labels and decide for themselves if food is still good.
Benn said in 2009 that "best before" dates served little useful purpose and could be cheerfully ignored - they just mean when the food is at its freshest.
He said: "There's 'use by' and that's very important because that's food safety; but when it comes to 'sell by' or 'best before', I think we as consumers [need to] understand better what those labels mean.|
The US Department of Agriculture says as long as you scrub the mould off, then it's totally fine.
"It is normal for products like this to acquire surface mould," the Safe Food Handling fact sheet says.
Don't eat any mouldy cooked meat though, for god's sake.
And some kinds of mouldy cheese
For cheeses where mould isn’t part of the processing, mold generally can’t get deep into the product. For hard cheeses, such as Asiago, Pecorino, Parmesan and Cheddar, lop off at least 1 inch around and below the mold spot (to avoid cross-contamination, be careful not to touch the mold with the knife).
And "firm" fruit and veg, even if it's a bit mouldy
So think, cabbage, peppers, carrots. Like the cheeses, dense fruits and vegetables are not easily penetrated by mould. The same rule of thumb applies to firm produce: cut off at least an inch around and below the mould spot (again, not touching the mold with your knife) before using.
You can pretty much ignore sell-by-dates on canned food
Organic isn't better for you. Eating organic food won't stop imaginary 'toxins' from bypassing your liver and making you sick. Buying organic can potentially cause greater harm to the environment. Eating local is no guarantee of reducing your carbon footprint.
With one in six Americans hungry, and one in eight worldwide, we have no excuse for taking the food we have for granted by throwing it away before it reaches our plates and then not recycling food scraps. Simple, easy adjustments in our daily lives can make a big difference.
Britain is the seventh richest nation in the world yet we face a growing epidemic of hidden hunger, particularly in children. The reality of parents unable to feed their children is one of the starkest examples of the squeeze on living standards faced by many British families.