Tesco polling suggests Covid-19 continues to impact on attitudes towards food waste

New polling commissioned by Tesco has revealed that food waste is down and cooking from scratch has increased, as the pandemic continues to impact on citizen attitudes towards food and food systems. The research, which surveyed 2,002 UK adults, found that the Covid-19 lockdown has led to 67% of people reporting that they now feel differently about food. For 29% of respondents Covid-19 has made them more aware of the value of food, with 38% of those surveyed saying that lockdown and the associated challenges have represented the ‘single most important event in their lifetime when it comes to their relationship with food and food waste’.  

Although recent data from WRAP indicated that household food waste was increasing as lockdown eased (although still up on pre-covid-19 levels), Tesco’s research suggests that many are still intending to persist with behaviours adopted during Covid. More than a third (35%) of people reduced their food waste during lockdown and 75% have kept this up since restrictions have lifted. 61% are now cooking with leftovers every week, just under a third (32%) are planning their food shops more carefully to buy exactly what is needed or can be safely stored, and almost a quarter (22%) are batch cooking and freezing more. Only 3% of those who reduced food waste during lockdown say they don’t plan to continue these new habits in future. 

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