Eaten too much? Put down your fork and ask for a doggy bag

17 Apr

In this all-you-can-eat era, with its supersized, double-dipped, triple-cooked, gut-busting, multi‑coursed, all-the-trimmings expectations, I was delighted to hear a report on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours last Friday which indicated that perhaps the country of John Knox can save us from our greedy selves.

It’s time for us to get a grip – of the doggy bag, that is.

The report, from Scotland’s Good to Go campaign, outlined an ambition to have doggy bags introduced in all restaurants, in an aim to cut food waste to zero. In Scotland, the equivalent of one in six restaurant meals is thrown out, costing the hospitality sector over £64 million each year. But it doesn’t have to be this way. According to the research, 75 per cent of people said they would like a doggy bag, but 42 per cent admitted to being too embarrassed to ask for one.

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