Scotland calls for action to tackle Europe's mountain of food waste

by Search Gate staff. Published Fri 11 Sep 2015 12:28, Last updated: 2015-09-11
EU urged to lead by example on food waste
EU urged to lead by example on food waste

Action to reduce Europe’s ‘vast amount of food waste’, the equivalent of more than twice the weight of the entire adult population of Europe, has been urged by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment Richard Lochhead.

An estimated 89 million tonnes of food is binned every year across EU member states with the largest share of food waste produced by households.

Mr Lochhead made the call as he attended the prestigious international Milan Expo which is themed ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.

He said: “The size of Europe’s food waste problem is absolutely jaw-dropping and the fact that it is equivalent to more than twice the weight of the entire adult population of the continent highlights the scale of the challenge for us all. Such wastefulness is bad for the environment, bad for our finances and should make us all pause for thought.

“Scotland is already taking steps to reduce the amount of food we throw away, including encouraging individuals, households and communities to cut food waste and the £1 billion annual cost to Scottish consumers.

“So I urge the EU to lead by example and co-ordinate action at European level. A good start would be to consider the role of food waste reduction targets in its forthcoming circular economy package.”




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