This week I had a last minute need for parsley for a cooking class, and there was one left in my local shop – hooray BUT the sales assistant couldn’t sell it to me. Why? Because it had yesterday as its sell by date!!! Its a plant, its alive and look at it, its perfectly healthy (albeit sideways in this post)! But no the rules stipulate that any item in the shop past its sell by date can’t be sold. So it was off to the green bin to be recycled as manure. Outrageous. Time, energy and precious water has been used to transport this plant to my local shop – I need it and I can’t have it. I’m sorry Co-op you need to revise your sell by date policy, watch Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s War on Waste and bring back a bit of common sense.