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Thursday, 19 January 2012

EP calls for a strategy to tackle food wastage

European Parliament calls for urgent measures to halve food waste by 2025 and to improve access to food for needy EU citizens. Up to 50% of edible and healthy food gets wasted while 79 million EU citizens live beneath the poverty line and 16 million depend on food aid from charitable institutions.
Since food is wasted at all stages - by producers, processors, retailers, caterers and consumers, MEPs call for a co-ordinated strategy, combining EU-wide and national measures, to improve the efficiency of food supply and consumption chains sector by sector and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency. If nothing is done, food wastage will grow 40% by 2020, says a study published by the Commission.

Source: European Parliament