In a week where there has been a lot of media coverage about food wastage in Britain, here’s a puzzle I’m often faced with while going about my shopping : my local co-op regularly puts out ‘reduced’ items, which are past their sell-by date. I’ve asked the staff, who tell me that what isn’t sold ends up in the skip – so I’ve been in the habit of buying such items which I can use, rather than let them go to waste. But I wonder : in helping to reduce their waste, might the store merely be encouraged to continue over-ordering?

Aldo Mussi