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     UN dinner of rejected vegetables
    Cutting food waste went a notch higher on Tuesday evening as world ministers were treated to a feast of Kenyan foodstuff rejected by UK supermarkets.

    The food, served during the ongoing Universal Session of the Unep Governing Council and Global Ministerial Forum (GC-GMF) in Nairobi, had been rejected due to cosmetic imperfections.

    Farmers have been silently complaining about stringent standards imposed by such markets over appearance or orders being changed after vegetables are harvested.

    Experts say that about 40 tonnes of food is lost in Kenya per week. The figure could be unacceptably high in other African countries.

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    The United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) says although UK supermarkets are on the spot in Kenya, similar practices occur at other stores in many parts of the developed world, and increasingly in parts of the developing world.

    The dinner was an attempt by conservationists to highlight the problem of food losses through waste which is increasingly becoming a major concern in Africa and beyond.
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