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Prince Charles attacks food waste culture

Prince Charles at organic research centre
Prince Charles has his own organic farm at his Gloucestershire estate

Prince Charles has attacked the waste of "billions" of pounds' worth of food every year.

His impassioned speech, which hailed organic farming as a means to feed the world, was delivered as he visited the Organic Research Centre in Berkshire.

The centre advised the prince on how to convert Home Farm on his Highgrove estate to sustainable principles.

He told guests it was "absolute nonsense" to claim organic farming could not feed the world.

Sensible system?

He went on: "Just ask them the next time you hear this endless argument - how much waste has there been in the world of all the food we're supposed to be eating?

"In this country we waste 10 billion quid's worth of food every year - wasted. Is that really a sensible system at the end of the day? I don't think so."

Prince Charles's 11,000-acre arable and dairy farm has sheep and rears rare breeds of animals, and has been run on organic principles since 1985.

The heir to the throne was invited to speak at the Organic Research Centre to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its opening.

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