Never let it be said that our parliamentarians lack a sense of humour when wrestling with the big issues.
The Sceptic Tank offers this extract from yesterday's Opposition Members debate on the Government's record on environmental protection and green growth with no further comment. Enjoy!
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) (Lab): Does my hon. Friend agree that supermarkets have a role to play in reducing waste, by reducing food packaging, by not encouraging people to throw away food on unrealistic sell-by dates, and by supporting projects such as FoodCycle, of which I have recently become a patron?
That project takes unused food from supermarkets to community cafés and helps to feed people who would be unable to feed themselves. Does she agree that that is an absolutely brilliant project, and that supermarkets ought to be doing more to support it?
Mary Creagh (Wakefield) (Lab): I do indeed, and I know that many of them are doing that. I have had a debate with the Co-operative about its naked cucumbers. [Interruption.] I pay tribute to charities that are working to recycle unwanted food.
Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) (Con): Will the hon. Lady give way?
Huw Irranca-Davies (Ogmore) (Lab): On naked cucumbers? [Interruption.]
Mr Speaker: Order. There is so much chuntering going on that I cannot hear about these naked cucumbers through all the noise.
Mary Creagh: I give way to the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith).
Zac Goldsmith: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way on the subject of inappropriate vegetables. I believe that up to 40% of fruit and veg is thrown away before it even reaches the shop. Does that not imply that the supermarkets should be doing a lot more to counter the perverse incentive on producers to provide superficially perfect but no more valuable produce? Should we not address that?
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