Defra study points to decline in evening meal preparation time

Consumers now spend just eight minutes on average preparing their evening meal, contributing to declining food culture and impacting on sustainability, according to latest Defra research.

Ingredients: relative cost issue
Ingredients: relative cost issue

The report by consultancy Best Foot Forward also found that British consumers have a higher "values-action gap" than elsewhere in Europe, with many failing to act on their sustainability values.

"Perceptions of access to raw ingredients, relative cost and difficulty of home cooking and decline in basic cooking skills all combine to a 'no cook' culture," it states.

It calls for "more sustainable pre-prepared meal choices and advocacy and enablement of a return to basic cooking skills".

Report author Vicky Grinnell-Wright said: "It is vital that we build a solid road map that will deliver behaviour change."


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