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National Strategies to Reduce Food Waste

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30 to 40 percent of food produced around the world is never eaten. It is spoiled after harvest and during transportation; it gets thrown away by shops and consumers. But according to UN-figures, almost 800 million people worldwide go to bed hungry every night.

According to The Huffington Post, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calculated that global food waste would be the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter if it were treated as a country. Experts say reducing food waste is not only a moral imperative but a way of curbing emissions of planet-warming gases linked to agriculture which accounts for about 20 percent of overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Commission has proposed that member states develop national strategies to prevent food waste by at least 30 percent by 2025. Germany and France already started to tackle the problem. And last week also Italy passed a law that makes it easier for supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities, in an effort to reduce waste. “People don’t plan what to eat and there’s a lot of waste in people’s homes. We have to educate people about food waste because it’s a real problem,” said de Sanctis, the founder of Equoevento, a roman non-profit organization that collects uneaten food and delivers it to charities.


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