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UK government is set to outlaw buy one get one free food offers

In a move which reflects the growing "nanny state" of the UK, where decisions are taken out of the hands of consumers and business leaders, the UK government looks set to ban buy one get one free offers in the food industry. Under the guise of reducing waste and assisting the environment, the UK government is currently in talks with the food industry about changes for the future.

Even though a number of figures are being bandied around, the government believes that eliminating food waste, which would reduce carbon emissions, would be the equivalent of reducing the number of cars on UK roads by 20%. However, consumers and businesses are still sceptical of the UK government's sudden interest in green policies which will ultimately take away choice from UK consumers and UK businesses.

Even during the midst of one of the worst recessions for 100 years it seems as though the UK government, and many of their counterparts overseas, are still obsessed with green policies and green taxes. Whether they are using consumer and business concerns about the economy to "sneak in" new green policies and new green taxes remains to be seen. However, do all green taxes and all green policies need to reduce the choices available for consumers and businesses?

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