Progress towards zero food waste in the EU
. Every year, nearly 50% of edible and healthy food is wasted in EU households and supermarkets, while 79 million EU citizens out of 500 million Europeans live below the poverty line, and 16 million rely on food assistance from charities.
Food waste is a waste of many times; it is a waste of resources and money. If it is landfilled, it will produce methane, if it is burned, it will produce carbon dioxide. This is a waste, because every 5 seconds in the world, a child dies of hunger. …The current food waste in Europe does highlight that the world we live in is full of contradictions, but it also emphasizes the necessity of a zero-waste policy, not only in the food sector, but also in other sectors.
In fact, the current economic crisis prevents 23 million Europeans from entering the job market, and 60% of all urban waste in the EU is landfilled or incinerated. If we change the waste market to transfer waste from incinerators and landfills, job opportunities in the design, production, maintenance, reuse, collection, recycling, and composting sectors will be substantial.
But these are very convenient dates to solve food waste, because the holiday involves a lot of food investment and a lot of home cooking. According to WRAP, every British family wastes 60 Euros on uneaten food every month.
It is precisely because of this waste that the EU and some member states are taking measures to try to reduce this waste.
The European Union is showing its willingness to end this waste; the European Commission has set an indicative milestone to reduce food waste by 50% by 2020. Commissioner Janez Potocnik is outspoken about the ethical, economic and environmental responsibility of changing current practices.
In this regard, the European Parliament passed a resolution in which: – it requires more education to avoid excessive waste, – it requires the proper labeling and packaging of food to show the date the product can be eaten – please pay attention to the label" "Shelf-life" or "shelf-life" refers to quality standards, but does not mean that the product is not edible after that date —— —— It advocates that public institutions should support responsible catering suppliers who use local products and give away or redistribute them Providing leftover food to the poor or food banks for free, instead of disposing of it, it encourages the establishment of systems such as "last-minute markets" to ensure that leftover or uneaten food can be used to feed those in need .
The European Commission also spoke to consumers on food waste in a recently launched resource efficiency campaign called "Generation Awakening." It provides tips for making the right choices when we buy and consume (including food).
All in all, preventing waste is the most important, and it makes sense for the EU to step up its efforts on this issue, especially in the current situation of increasingly scarce resources. However, let us not forget that most of the food waste in Europe today is still landfilled or incinerated, causing a lot of harmful emissions. In addition, so far, the European Union has not required separate collection of organic matter, which means that the use of food residue as a soil amendment after composting has not been used on a large scale. Let us not forget that organic waste is the largest waste stream-30% to 50%-so it is still an unresolved issue in EU waste legislation.
Any zero waste strategy focuses on the importance of working at the front end to reduce food waste and working at the back end to ensure that organic matter is composted rather than landfilled.
The European Commission has set an indicative milestone to reduce food waste by 50% by 2020.
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