Avoiding food wastage
Report on how to avoid food wastage: strategies for a more efficient food chain in the EU
This non-legislative report by Salvatore Caronna (S&D, IT) was written for and approved by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development. The opinions of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety as well as the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer protection were also sought. The report addresses the vast levels of food wastage across the globe today.
Food is wasted in different parts of the world for different reasons. In the developed world, the main cause is over-production. In the developing world, it tends to be because there are not adequate means of transporting or storing produce.
According to a recent study commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization, Europeans and North Americans waste somewhere between 95 kg and 115 kg of food per capita per year, as opposed to between 6 kg and 11 kg in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, based on data gathered since 1974, food waste around the world has risen by 50%.
The report is also concerned with the way in which wasted food produce is disposed. Instead of it being treated in the same way as other refuse, it could be used in the further production of food, easing some of the negative impact such substantial waste inevitably has on the environment. The report suggests that of the 89 million or so tonnes of food thrown away in Europe, there is an estimated 170 million tonnes of CO2 produced per annum.
This report calls for the European Union to make combating food wastage one of its priorities. The report recommends the EU should aim to halve food wastage by 2025, to raise public awareness and to improve the efficiency of the industry. Spontaneous efforts to raise public awareness in the past have apparently proved successful; as a result Parliament has requested that 2013 becomes “the European Year against Food Waste”.
The European Parliament voted to approve the report on the 19th January 2011.
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Last Updated (Friday, 20 January 2012 15:16)